2 of April

Members Monday

By. Xiomara Olaya

Being an entrepreneur can be extremely hectic especially if you have not yet mastered the art of time management.  The real question is, can time actually be managed? We asked the members at Collective Ventures to give us their tips on how they successfully manage their daily tasks and to do lists. Everyone agreed that the key component to efficient time management is to write things down in a calendar and to set deadlines according to the level of importance.

Marty Elberg, attorney and award-winning Bucket List Coach opened up the discussion by saying,“First of all, you can’t manage time. There are only 24 hours of the day and that is the same for everybody. So you actually have to manage yourself into time.” His secret to staying on top of things is to put everything into his digital calendar where he has the option to move and slide the tasks from one time slot to the other. “My whole life is planned out for the next 10 months,” he added. His final tip is to take 10 minutes at the end of the day to stop everything that you are doing and write down the three most important things that you must accomplish tomorrow. Not ten; not two, but three.

Nathan Heber and Brock Donelly from Boatyard write down tasks and to-do lists every day. They designate time slots for their actions, turn off cell phones and focus until things get done. Nathan, CEO,  says that, “in order to accomplish work/life balance, I strive to be more careful about the times when I start the work day and when I leave.” Brock, Business Developer, manages his time by planning out his yearly vacations. This helps him stay focused and motivates him to get things done so that he can relax on his trips and doesn’t have to worry about if he forgot to get anything done. Nathan shared that there are new functions on GoogleCalendar that allow you to add tasks and create to-do lists. He says, “pick three and knock them out in one day. It is an amazing feeling to click and see it disappear.”

Jorge Lafosse, SEO Consultant at Search Eclipse has developed a very particular method to staying on top of his tasks and to do lists. “I put three main tasks in the calendar and choose them by the level of impact that it will have in my life. If it is not going to change my life in 10 days then it is just a filler in the calendar.” When asked about how he prioritizes the tasks, he said that he breaks it down into two categories: income or time with family. He also does not agree with mental notes and believes that everything should be written on paper. “When you write things down, you are literally dumping out the information out of your brain and creating peace of mind.”

Rachael Markovic, Project Manager at DB Collective  shared that her biggest challenge is “knowing when the day is over and knowing when to pause.” It is extremely important to choose a time to clock out physically and mentally in order to get things done efficiently.  “There is always something that needs to be done tomorrow. Sometimes I leave my laptop at the office to prevent myself from working at home, “ she added. Aaron Eapen, Manager, suggests to give yourself an earlier deadline so that things get done in time. He shared that time management is something that he is working on and that he sees himself improving daily.

The truth is that you can create as many check- lists as you want and plan your entire life, but only you can hold yourself accountable for following through with your plans. My tip is, write down your to-do list first and then write “complete to-do list” in BIG BOLD LETTERS. Write as many reminders as you need, everywhere if possible until you can mark the task as complete.. Remember that in reality, we cannot manage time but we can manage ourselves unto time by choosing three important tasks to do daily, writing them down, knocking them out, and then clocking out physically and mentally.

2 of April

New Season, New Menu!

Xiomara Olaya

The new season brought many new changes to the space, including a brand new menu! Cafe Collective partnered with local Chef Diva to design a customized menu packed with fresh ingredients and lots of flavor. We know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day so we put together an exclusive menu that will provide you with all of the essential nutrients and keep you fueled with energy for hours! The Lox Croissant Panini has been the favorite amongst the members of Collective Ventures, made with fresh smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, red onion, dill and a light Greek Yogurt spread, toasted to perfection! Looking for an extra boost of protein and flavor? You will love The Breakfast Burrito is made with chicken sausage, scrambled eggs, tomato and melted swiss cheese! Breakfast is served all day!

The new lunch menu includes a range of classic paninis and wraps. Our protein packed Chicken Fresco Wrap is made with chicken breast, spinach, rucola, red onion, pesto and crumbled goat cheese a perfect option for a busy day.  Everyone is excited about the Cubano! This Cuban Panini, is a favorite among the South Florida community, it is made with roasted pork, pickles, mustard and melted swiss cheese toasted to perfection! Looking for a vegetarian panini? We got you covered. The delicious Caprese Panini, is a spin off to an Italian classic made with tomato, basil, pesto and melted mozzarella cheese. The Soup of the Day is a creamy tomato base chicken Tortilla Soup with a hint of spice to warm up your soul this season. Be sure to ask the barista about our assortment of bagels, muffins, fruits and snacks.

2 of April

Sustainability in the Workplace

Xiomara Olaya

Sustainability has become a topic of discussion in the workplace worldwide. Businesses are “going green” by making many small, yet powerful changes in their space and amongst themselves. But what exactly is sustainability and how can you join this powerful movement? Sustainability is based on the principle that everything that we need for survival and general well-being depends on our natural environment. The idea of it is to create and maintain a balanced coexistence between humans and nature. In fact, The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 states that “to create and maintain conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.” There are many ways that your business can transition into a more conscious and sustainable work environment.

At Collective Ventures, we have created a conscious corporate culture amongst our members, staff, and customers by incorporating an active recycling program to reduce single-use plastic and to conserve electricity. We switched half of our lights from incandescent and fluorescent to LED and we plan to change the remaining this year. Our members contribute by turning off their lights and equipment during off hours or days that they are not in the office. This year at Cafe Collective, we switched our plates, cups and straws from plastic to compostable and reusable brands. We began to reuse our coffee compost to fertilize the soil and plant fruits for next season, and will be offering it to the members of the community in hopes that they to, reuse it for next season!

We are kicking off Earth Day Week on April 13th by partnering with the Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep group to clean the beach with our members and locals from 9-11 AM. We will be collecting donations throughout the entire month for the Sierra Club Foundation, a non-profit environmentalist organization. The organization’s stated mission is to “help educate, inspire empower humanity to preserve the natural and human environment.”

Come in on Earth Day between 8-12 to receive 20% off your entire order!

2 of April

1-Year Anniversary

Sat, April 20

Can you believe that Collective Ventures is turning one this month? They say that time flies when you are having fun, and we agree! We are celebrating our One Year Anniversary on Saturday April 20th from 12-4 PM with games, raffles, music, community, and bites from Cafe Collective. Our partners from Feeling Fine Canine & Equine Rescue will be joining us again this year with their adorable puppies that are available for adoption

The day will be filled with fun games and activities for the whole family like bean bag toss, What’s in the Box amongst other popular games. Winners can get two tickets to SunFest 2019, 2 tickets to our upcoming Spill the Beans Comedy Shows with two complimentary drink tickets.

Every time that you play one of our other games you will receive a raffle ticket for participation which will give you an opportunity to win the
CV Success Kit. This gift includes one complimentary business consultation from The Business Sherpas, five hours of Creative Consulting by DB Collective, one Leadership and Strategies consultation by CB Accelerators and 50% off a Professional Business photoshoot with Austen Amacker (over $1000 in this gift)!  

We put together a fun and interactive Easter Egg Hunt for children and adults to participate in to win prizes! The children will get chocolate in their eggs but can you guess what the adults can win? The
Cafe Collective Gift Basket comes with a free cup on us, a CC coffee mug with 50% off drip coffee, and a $10 gift card. Enough gifts to keep you fueled!

2 of April

APRIL: The Month of New Beginnings

By. Xiomara Olaya

The first day of Spring began on March 20th which brought forth a new energetic shift to our lives. Spring is a season of new beginnings. This month, there are numerous new and exciting things happening at Collective Ventures so be sure to stop by to see what the buzz is all about!

Our “1 Year Anniversary” is coming up soon! Join us on April 20th for games, raffles, live entertainment and great coffee. Did you know that April is National Humor and Poetry month? Be sure to check out “Spill the Beans Comedy Show” on April 5th. Carl Rimi will be headlining the show. He is a nationally touring comedian and actor who has been in a few feature films and tv shows. Whether Carl Rimi is on the Stage or the big screen, he is an unbelievable Phenomenon to watch.

Next we have RAW Storytelling that’s coming back with a new theme: WTF Just Happened??! On April 11th. Come listen to local storytellers share their most bizarre and honest stories while you enjoy a delicious coffee or a glass of wine. The last few months were SOLD OUT so be sure to get your free tickets before the show!  The New City Players are presenting a free play reading of Harvey Firstein’s “Widows and Children First at The Green Room on April 9th.

This year we made lots of positive changes for the earth like getting rid of straws, using reusable cups and using the coffee compost to grow our own fruits! In honor of Earth Day, we will be attending a beach sweep at Fort Lauderdale Beach on April 13th, followed by an friendly volleyball tournament! Giving back is extremely important to us so this month we will be hosting the Carpe Diem Music Benefit on April 6th to help young adults who are struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. All funds will be going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation and the DanceSafe Foundation. We are excited to announce our brand new menu with many healthy choices and new drinks!. Choose between breakfast sandwiches, wraps,  paninis and leafy greens to fuel and energize your days. Stop in to try our featured quiche of the month made with zucchini, roasted red tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Looking for plant-based snacks? You will love Pamela Wasabi’s delicious Sacred Coffee Blondie made with cold brew coffee and other delicious raw ingredients. The Matcha Madness, our barista-inspired drink of the month will have you buzzing through the month.

Stop in on Earth Day (April 22) between 8-12PM to receive 20% off your entire order!

1 of March

March: The Month of Luck

By Xiomara Olaya

March is one of the most interesting months of the year because it is the start of a brand new season.

Looking for a great way to kick-off the month? How about you treat yourself to a night of many laughs at the Spill the Beans comedy show featuring funny man Darius Culpepper on March 1st. Spill the Beans is a popular comedy show that takes place on the first Friday of the month. Luckily, this month we will feature TWO comedy shows! Be sure to catch Richy Leis’ special show on Saturday, March 23rd.

Since March is a creative month, you will start to feel a need to share your ideas and connect with the community. If you begins to feel this urge to share, then join the New City Players at City Speaks to have the opportunity to share your projects, thoughts and new ideas. NCP Lab will take you behind the scenes of  “A Raisin in the Sun,” now playing at the Vanguard in Fort Lauderdale. This month, you do not want to miss RAW Storytelling. The theme this month is: Altered States. An opportunity for storytellers to share raw and uncensored stories about altered states of mind!

March 15 is World Sleep Day and we are celebrating with the ultimate PJ party! Wear your wackiest PJS and join us at 6PM for our monthly movie night, featuring 21 Jump Street. There will be drinks, popcorn, candy and other special snacks that will have you feeling relaxed and happy all night! Looking to spice up your nights with great music and drinks? Join us for Cafe Jamz; Open Mic for an opportunity to watch local artists perform and to connect with musicians, poets, producers and comedians from the area!

28 of February

A Boost of Spring

By Xiomara Olaya

Ahhh, Spring! The flowers are blooming, the days get longer and the weather gets warmer. As the clock springs forward, the sun goes down later, giving us more time in the day to be creative and productive. All of the seeds that were planted in the previous months begin to bloom and suddenly, your schedule is PACKED!  For times like these it is important to stay focused and caffeinated. This season, we are introducing three new barista-inspired beverages to help fuel and energize your days.

March will feature a rich Irish Hot Chocolate “mocktail” inspired by St. Patrick’s Day. This delicious cup of gold will have you marching straight into the season! The bitter-sweet mixture of rich espresso, cocoa, Bailey’s Irish Cream will have you smiling and buzzing through your busiest days!

5 of February

February: The Heart Month

The Truth About Heart Disease

Did you know that February is the official month of Heart Health Awareness in the United States? Heart disease is one of the leading causes of heart attack, stroke and death. Although nearly 80% of cardiovascular disease can be prevented, it continues to be the most common cause of disease, affecting both, men and women. Research shows that 50% of Americans have at least one of the top three causes of  heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and chronic stress. Heart disease is affecting people in every age category due to the fact that the risky conditions that cause heart disease are affecting them at earlier ages.

The Three Main Causes of Heart Disease: High Blood Pressure, Unbalanced Cholesterol Levels and Chronic Stress

One of the most common causes of heart disease is high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force that happens when the heart pumps blood into the blood vessels. High blood pressure forces the heart to pump harder, which can cause chronic stress, depression, heart attacks and strokes. Unhealthy cholesterol levels from poor nutrition and lack of physical activity also increase the risk of heart disease. Diet is imperative to maintain a healthy heart and to prevent disease. A sedentary lifestyle can also create issues in heart health, so it is important to be active throughout the week in order to maintain a stable heart.  Chronic stress is is both a cause and effect of heart disease. Stress affects the brain and the heart directly which then begins to cause problems in the heart, lungs, neck and shoulders. Once stress becomes chronic, it can cause depression, anxiety, laziness, anger, and other psychological blockages. Stress also creates pain the joints and muscles, hair loss and weight gain/loss. 

Women’s Heart Health Day

 February 1st is recognized nationwide as Women’s Heart Health Day. “Go Red for Women” is a campaign created by the American Heart Association to increase awareness, treatment, and prevention of heart disease. Men and women wear red to spread awareness to honor those who have passed and the ones who survived. They encourage women to commit to becoming more in tune with their hearts by eating healthier, being physically active and regulating blood-pressure more often. You can donate or read more about the cause by going on www.goredforwomen.org 

What Can You Do 

There are several natural ways to treat and prevent heart disease. Diet and proper supplementation are key to optimal health. It is important to have a diet that is rich in vegetables and fruits. Avoid sodium, sugar and genetically modified food so that the organs can digest properly. Eat smaller meals every 3-4 hours so that you do not overload the digestive system. Stay physically active throughout the week to strengthen the heart and lungs. Exercise, yoga, dance and meditation are key components to stress management and overall happiness.  Find something that makes you happy and creates a positive impact on your life. This will balance the stress levels in the body and mind. 

26 of December

How would you spend $100?

By Rachael Markovic

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you just found $100 lying on the floor or perhaps someone may have even given it to you, what would you do with it? What CAN you do with it?

You’ve probably got yourself a long list of things. Last week Bette Hochberger, our in-house CPA, shared her knowledge on the importance of numbers for small businesses.

A few of our local business owners stopped by and found it to be a quite useful exercise. They were each given a worksheet with a list of questions that started by asking you how you would individually spend $100 and then as a group how would you spend $100. After being guided through the worksheet, Bette had listed the different strategies everyone came up with and then shared methods that can help increase the profitability of your business.

​Learn more about Bette Hochberger.

#MemberTalks #CV #StartupEdu

12 of November

Fall Essentials at Cafe Collective

By Alicia Brickey

This season, Café Collective has stocked up on all things to prepare you for fall. Sometimes, living in South Florida, it may be as easy to transition into a new season when the weather is nothing but sunny and hot. The Café is here to provide you all your autumn themed food and drink specialites to help you fall into fall 🍁🍂

Try our new Caramel Apple delight 🍎  A delicious espresso drink infused with natural apple flavors and hints of decadent caramel to remind you of a classic fall treat. Not to mention our Spiced Pumpkin Pie syrup, perfect to give you a delicious Pumpkin Spiced Latte taste that’s nothing but basic. Another fall addition is our Sweet Potato Merengue Pie 🥧 The perfect treat to remind you of home when its almost time for Thanksgiving ❤️ If you’re looking for something a bit more hearty, try our Chef inspired creation of the Deconstructed Shepards Pie. Ground Turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and roasted veggies are sure to fill you up and keep you warm when the temperature drops below 75 degrees ☺️

Stop by to enjoy even more fall inspired menu options. ☕️

1 of November

Unwind Wednesdays

By Rachael Markovic

Ever feel like the week is just piling on problems and frustrations? Maybe you wish you could just let off a little steam? I know I’ve had my fair share of mind-numbing stress and I found that the best way to forget a problem is to literally step away and let your mind be consumed by something else instead.

Take a second to just unwind and let go. We often forget how important it is to just take a moment to breathe.

Every last Wednesday of the month, we’ve decided to extend our happy hour from 4-8PM to allow professionals to come in and unwind. It makes for the perfect opportunity to mingle and connect with other like-minded professionals while enjoying 50% off drinks and good music.

Check out our calendar for the next one.




19 of October

Happy to host! Collective Ventures hosts AirBnB as they launch to Fort Lauderdale

By Alicia Brickey

AirBnB is a global company that operates an online marketplace and hospitality service which is accessible through it’s app and host websites. Since the company launched almost 10 years ago, its helps about six million people a year looking for a place to stay during vacation. That’s 800,000 properties, in 34,000 cities, across 90 different countries. We were happy to host their launch party at the beginning of this month as those of our community open up to those looking to venture out in a different way this up coming vacation.
Anyone looking to book can use the service to reserve or offer their own lodging, or tourism experiences. Many people are growing fond of this service since they can truly live like a local would, getting inside tips on the best local spots for coffee, food, and fun. So, if you happen to have a spare room or even property to rent for some extra money, AirBnB may be the right fit for you.

19 of October

New Menu Options for Breakfast and Lunch!

By Rachael Markovic

In order to make sure that the food we provide is of the utmost quality, we took our time to meet and vet several different local vendors before choosing to partner up with a chef who not only specializes in creating unique and tasty foods but someone who can provide a healthy spin on comfort food. All dishes are under 600 calories while remaining satisfying and delectable. 

Chef Shashank Agtey began his journey as a sous chef at the Omni Hotel in Miami. Shashank went on to hold the position of Executive Chef at Café September in Fort Lauderdale for 12 years. He honed his love of food and cooking by working his way up through the ranks of the kitchen. 

He then went on to be the Executive Chef in numerous kitchens as well as cooking for the wealthy & famous while living and experiencing the rich cultures and diversity of South Florida. By age of 34, he had the distinct honor of being selected to cook for President George H. W. Bush and subsequently President Bill Clinton. He has also been teaching aspiring chefs at Miami Culinary Institute as an adjunct instructor.

“Health is wealth!”

It is not only his mantra but one of ours as well. What we put in our bodies aides how we feel, the work we do, and the good we do. So it is an immense honor to have Chef Shashank curate an amazing menu for Cafe Collective at Collective Ventures. 

Our food choices now pair harmoniously with our Coffee and the Baked goods we’ve been able to offer. All with the intent of keeping with our commitment to help our members and co-workers focus on achieving greatness on their entrepreneurial journey.

Check out a few of our options below:


12 of October

The Eagle: The Specialty Machine

By Rachael Markovic

Ever wonder what goes on behind the “steams”?

In order to bring the finest coffee experience to Fort Lauderdale, we’ve partnered up with an already established roaster who shared their secrets on how to prepare the perfect cup of coffee.

To start, we purchased the official espresso machine from the World Barista Championship 2015 to 2017. For those of you who dedicate their lives to coffee; who study, research and experiment with different roasts and blends, we’ve perfected each measurement to transfer a real coffee experience directly to you.

It’s maker Victoria Arduino describes it as “a coffee machine for the specialty coffee shop, a machine that is stable, consistent and volumetric. In the continuous search for a constant result in the cup, many baristas have verified and demonstrated how the volumetric system allows them to obtain a significantly higher quality repeatable product compared to the manual system. The volumetric version of the VA388 Black Eagle addresses this need and goes beyond. We wanted to create a coffee machine for specialty baristas, making a volumetric model with the greatest temperature stability to help baristas in their daily work. We wanted the new machine to improve the relationship between customer and barista. The designer Viglino adopted a soft style, with more curves and asymmetrical elements, in a product 49 cm high.”

10 of October

Let the Celebration begin. 1 Year of RAW Storytelling.

By Alicia Brickey

Celebrate 1 year of RAW.

Real people, Real stories, Uncensored, Unscripted.

Happy 1st Anniversary to RAW! What a year it has been. Between the laughs, tears, intense moments of silence and utter amazement, we want to applaud the first year of one of the best true storytelling events here in South Florida. Uncensored and unscripted, RAW is a free, theme based storytelling event that takes place every second Thursday of the month, from 8-10 pm. Enid Nolasco, of Witchcraft Branding (https://www.witchcraftbranding.com/) , and the founder & host of RAW Storytelling has been on a journey to create a judgement-free movement to bring humanity together through acceptance and understanding. RAW Storytelling started with just about 60 people here in our co-working space, and since then has grown to a show with over 100 attendees, maxing out the space, and fully taking over the café. You can’t miss it. The stories you will experience are matched with raw emotion from fellow members of your community. Real people, just like you and I, sharing their stories. Perhaps your story will be next…
Don’t miss RAW Storytelling’s 1 year Anniversary as we come together to celebrate, and get Spooked, with RAW stories of Ghosts & the Supernatural. Thursday, October. 11th at 8-10 pm. Get your free tickets here: https://www.rawstorytelling.org/shows.

10 of October

When a community comes together…

By Alicia Brickey

In honor of National Food Bank day on September 7th, we were inspired to push that date into month-long food donation open to the community. We were inspired when we found a local food pantry that prepares a 55-pound box of nutritional food, as well as fresh produce and breads when available, to provide a food supplement to more than 1,000 individuals in Broward County. On top of the food they provide, as well as certain medications and healthcare services, the Pantry of Broward takes time to meet with each of their clients on a regular basis to determine each need that they may be able to help with.

From the beyond generous support of our community collective, we were able to provide a donation bigger than we ever expected. In total, our members raised 239 pounds of food for the donation. We are beyond grateful for this opportunity to give back the community we love.

Thank you to Dee Oliva, and the entire team at The Pantry of Broward for this opportunity to give back to something that is everything to us, our community.

“We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.” – Bill Clinton

10 of September

Extend a helping hand this September with our Community Food Drive

By Alicia Brickey

Community is what makes us whole. In each and every way possible, we try to find different ways to support our community and give back when the chance comes. In honor of National Food Bank Day, which is the first Friday of September, Collective Ventures has decided to sponsor a food drive for The Pantry of Broward County.

The Pantry of Broward is a non-profit organization right here in South Florida. The Pantry was founded in 2008 by Elizabeth “B.J. Buntrock,” a local philanthropist who saw the need for a charitable organization that could help local seniors and grandparents raising their grandchildren on fixed incomes. In addition to providing its 425 clients with a 55-pound box of nutritional foods each month, The Pantry meets with each person to determine their additional needs (and those of the children they are raising) and assist them with applying for and obtaining food stamps, government assistance, affordable housing, discounted utilities, transportation assistance and low-cost healthcare services.

With the summer coming to an end and getting back in to the flow of a regular schedule with school and work, this happened to be a great time to hold a drive. The pantry’s special events coordinator tells us, ”The summer is very slow for us and it makes it hard for us to serve our clients all year round during this time.”

The Pantry of Broward has a wide variety of needs, which means just about anyone could be of help. From neighborhood food drives, to volunteer opportunities, to individual donors pledging funds, there is many that can be done in support of this local mission. If interested in donating, please stop by Cafe Collective anytime during the month of September with a non-perishable food donation, or check out http://www.thepantryofbroward.org/how-you-can-help/ to see how you can help.

5 of September

Café Collective: September Drinks

By Rachael Markovic

A freshly brewed cup of coffee is the first thing I need to get started with my day but also the fuel I need to get through those deadlines and last minute walk-ins. Luckily, Café Collective comes out with new drink options each month. In fact, some of the latest options for September include a new Charcoal Latte and the White Macadamia Nut Cappuccino.

The Charcoal Lattes are claimed to have some health benefits and are starting to take over the coffee culture. People are obsessed with the dark creaminess of the drink and it makes for a great detoxifying drink since charcoal itself is a detoxifying agent. Take some activated charcoal and blend it with a double-shot of espresso and you have yourself the perfect hangover cure. To make it more floral, try to pair it with our homemade honey lavender syrup!

If you’re a white chocolate lover, then you’ll LOVE our latest Cappuccino drink. The White Macadamia Nut Cappuccino is a deliciously smooth white drink that is a combination of white chocolate chunks and crunchy macadamias. Swing by anytime this month to try it or come on National White Chocolate Day and get it for 25% OFF.

27 of August

Happy and Healthy: Cafe features free massages, plus other perks for members and community.

By Alicia Brickey

Free massages on national relaxation day? What could be better?!… Well, that’s just another perk to the many of being a member here at Collective Ventures.

Last Wednesday, August 15th, was National Relaxation Day. It also happened to be just in time for “back to school” or in this case the perfect time to release some stress built up from the summer. Our community space was flooded with those looking to distress and relax a bit. Vanessa McAtee, with Massages By Vanessa, joined us and offered her services to whoever entered the space. Our members were honored with first sign ups, but that didn’t stop our co-workers and guests of the cafe to enjoy a complimentary massage in honor of the day to Relax.

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. On top of promoting relaxation, massage can help assist with many other ailments, such as anxiety, headaches, insomnia, joint pain, fibromyalgia, and digestive disorders. Not only is massage a great way to treat yourself, it is also an amazing health benefit! At Collective Ventures, we love to promote healthy lifestyles for everyone we meet. Beyond National Relaxation Day, we will soon be featuring Vanessa once again to work her magic and help us all promote healthier lifestyles. We hope to see you then! For more information on membership options, contact us at info@collectiveventures.org.

20 of August

Coworking-Cafe: Unique & Beneficial Atmosphere for the Modern Day Student

By Alicia Brickey

Back to school this season? If so, you’ll have to check out Collective Ventures. It’s a free coworking space in downtown Fort Lauderdale, just a few minutes away from B.C. Collective Ventures has so much to offer for students, but let me start with coffee! CV is home to an awesome third wave coffee shop, Cafe Collective. They serve anything from amazing lattes and cappuccino, to freshly brewed teas and even food items! Empanadas, quiche, and vegan pastries to name a few. The coffee will have you caffeinated and ready to crush your deadlines. When you meet your deadline, you can celebrate with a glass of wine since their happy hour is from 4-6 pm (50% off too!). Happy Hour sometimes carries into a fun, community based event that’s often free to enjoy. RAW storytelling, Open Mic Nights, Movie Nights, Karaoke. (They even offered FREE massages and CBD samples for National Relaxation Day on August 15th…. How Amazing!) This amazing space can keep you tuned in and dedicated to your work while still being able to enjoy a social life afterwards!

To elaborate, the community space is open for anyone to utilize. They also have different conference rooms available for rent and even a “Study Room” for when you really need to intently focus on your work. Now, remember, Its more than what meets the eye. The back end of the space consists of 16 different companies all collaborating to help the up-and-coming entrepreneur grow their business. Any service a startup may need such as web design, marketing and advertising, consulting and creative work, PR, social media management, and even business lending! That’s just a few of the many service they can help YOU and YOUR business. Investing our time in college was the next step to advance in our professional and personal lives, but what’s next after that? Learning how to build your business is great, but when you have established professionals behind you, assisting and coaching you along the way, it’s gives you confirmation that your dreams truly can be a successful reality.

Stop by Collective Ventures and Cafe Collective at 100 N Federal Hwy, #C-4, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. You won’t be disappointed!

1 of August

New Community Membership: More than just an office.

By Rachael Markovic

How many of you are new business owners? How many of you are entrepreneurs working mostly from home? In the past decade, the number of telecommuting workers has increased 115% according to a new report from Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs. That translates to 3.9 million workers, or almost 3% of the total U.S. workforce, working from home at least half the time in 2015, an increase from 1.8 million in 2005 according to CNN Money.

Coworking spaces, cafes, and other convenient spaces to work have become hubs for this workforce as it continues to grow vastly. Collective Ventures was built to be the first of its kind in South Florida as a resource for locals and for travelers who seek an experience where they can have access to the three components;

  • a community coworking space
  • a café
  • a business center

With easy access to these, professionals can waste less time searching for the resources and more time utilizing them.

Some of the benefits of working out of coworking space include:

  • Office Away From Home – No family or pet distractions. Just time to focus.
  • Good Community – You are surrounded by people who can answer some of the questions you keep asking yourself.
  • A Place For New Ideas – You’re surrounded by resources that can help you build your idea.
  • New Opportunities – You never know who you will meet.

30 of July

Café Movie Night

By Rachael Markovic

We all have our favorite shows and our favorite movies and I’m sure we also loveee to get cozy and watch them with some of our closest friends. Imagine doing it in your favorite local coffee shop up on the projector.

Café Collective is looking into hosting its first Movie Night this August on Friday the 24th from 6-9PM with popcorn and drinks available for purchase.

Vote for your favorite movie here and stay tuned to see what was selected and join us!


1 of June

Startup Weekend

By Alicia Brickey and Rachael Markovic

What an incredibly productive way to spend our weekend. Entrepreneurs from all over the country gathered to create six amazing ideas while rubbing shoulders with successful business giants. Through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend creates working startups during the event and give participants a chance to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

TechStars Startup Weekends are designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Judges gave each group a chance to pitch their ideas. These 45 committed and hardworking entrepreneurs joined together to use their knowledge as power. With Cafe Collective’s coffee for fuel, they spent 54 hours working together to come up with a pitch that would wow the judges and gives them a real chance at having their product built and launched within the next year.

This was truly inspiring event to be a part of because it shows you how to take an idea, work on it, and perfect it to where you can actually pitch it to investors, all with help from your team of fellow entrepreneurs who are willing to put in the same time and effort to create something amazing. This ranks high in importance for any entrepreneur to determine if he or she is planning on launching something of their own.

Be sure to check out Startup Weekend Fort Lauderdale on Facebook to keep up with news, announcements, and to see when the next startup weekend is coming near you!

30 of May

CBD and Coffee

By Rachael Markovic

Have you ever paired coffee with one of your favorite pastries? Well, this is a new kind of relationship where you don’t have to worry about feeling a sugar rush or overcaffeinated. The millennials are saying it’s a new innovative way to enjoy your coffee with a slight twist.

The topic has been controversial over time but we’ve brought the choice to you. We have partnered up with a well-trusted company that lives by the principle of providing products that are as clear as the difference it makes in your day. From a CBD Energy shot to a water soluble oil that you can use to infuse into your favorite drink, we’ve stocked up on the best products to help with disrupted GI tracts or problems absorbing nutrients.

Their products have been used to help relieve anxiety, people with neurodegenerative disorders, seizures, nausea, pain relief, diabetes, acne, smoking, cardiovascular diseases, and even suppress the growth of cancer cells. 

Hemplucid partnered with some of the most powerful people in the industry to provide the most effective and purest whole-plant CBD available. Using nanotechnology and years of genetic breeding the whole-plant CBD that they use produces a strand that is low in THC, but high in CBD.

Learn more by visiting https://www.hemplucid.com

8 of May

RAW Storytelling

Have you ever had something happen to you that no one would ever be able to believe? Or maybe gone through an experience that most people haven’t even imagined could happen to someone? Well, come share it! Join us at 8 PM every second Thursday of the month for a new theme. Listen to stories about family experiences, worst date ever, breaking the rules, and much more. Fill your Thursday night with joyous laughter and unforgettable stories.

It’s RAW.

It’s real.

It’s uncensored stories told by real people.

It’s you and me with the rest of the community side by side sharing some of the favorite and some of our worst memories.

Get your free ticket now!


If you have a story to share, then feel free to contact Enid to help get you signed up for our next show…


4 of May

“They call us dreamers, but we’re the ones who don’t sleep….”

By Alicia Brickey

Happy Small Business Appreciation week!

Small businesses are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees. To take a look back, 2017 was an awesome year for local entrepreneurs. To date, there are 28.8 million small businesses in the United States, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, and they have employees 56.8 million people. Small businesses account for 99.7% of all business in the US. With those numbers, there’s no denying that small business owners in America deserve the highest praise.

Small businesses and their owners are basically built in to the structure of Collective Ventures. When you venture past the cafe, and into our business center you will see that we have a team of 30 dedicated professionals who are all eager & ready to help you grow your dream. The business center is home to 16 specific companies who are collaboratively focused on the growth of the local entrepreneur. These companies provide a sort of “one-stop-shop” for all business professionals throughout Broward County and beyond. From web design, branding/advertising, strategic marketing, all creative services, business necessities such as accounting, HR/Payroll, business legal services, executive leadership coaching, photography/videography, SEO and more, Collective Venture’s can and will play a hand in growing your small business exponentially.

Heather Mahoney, with Success Strategies Advisors, Inc. is one of the newest members of our collective. Committed to customizing HR/OD solutions to suit your needs, Heather is focused on engaging people experience and enhancing people performance, all to increase profit for your business. Here are a few tips from Ms. Mahoney on continuing growth in your small business:

-Build a support network
-Be very specific with your goals
-Find your best niche- and stick with it!

To all you entrepreneurs and small business owners, we salute you! You dreamed of success, but even more, you worked hard for it. This week is to appreciate you!


1 of May

Pamela Wasabi

By Rachael Markovic


Pamela Wasabi is a local food artist in Miami who founded the plant-based and gluten-free bakery called AMLA MIAMI. She is certified in integrative nutrition, the psychology of eating, and conscious relationships. Wasabi is also the author of Nourished: The Plant-Based Path to Health and Happiness. She and her brand stand for authenticity, integrity, and education which is why we are excited to have partnered up with her. She even has workshops where she shares how you can eat healthier with her organic and wholesome ingredients.



29 of March

Café Jamz

By Rachael Markovic


Music is a world unto itself. Where words fail… the music speaks.

Music helps us say what we feel by allowing an artist to fill the silence with their story. It allows the rest of us to connect to each other’s love or pain all while bringing us closer together.

A good tune can wash away the day’s residue and replace it with a burst of joy & calm. Some of us just need to find a place where this kind of energy still exists. And that is where one of our favorite events comes to mind. Our monthly music session called  “Cafe Jamz.”

Collective Ventures was proud to host the second jam this year! With 15 local artists in the house, our space lit up. Genres from opera, folk, ballads, theater, and hip-hop amplified the space and allowed every soul to make a connection all because of the music. The musical passion could barely be contained between our walls as the sound of the local artists poured into the streets. We were joined by members of our community who now have a stronger bond with our space.

The talent in our community is truly astounding. Only here, at Cafe Jamz will you hear it live and in person. Check it out at Collective Ventures & Cafe Collective every 4th Thursday of the month.

17 of March

St. Patrick’s Day

By Brian Jacob, Alicia Brickey, and Rachael Markovic

I feel like luck is in the air! Our community opened up its doors for the first time on a Saturday, and we had hoped to meet some locals. But not only did we meet people in our neighborhood, we met visitors from around the world that came here to Florida for their first time.

Sharing our story, our food, our drinks, and our culture with them was inspiring. So we are happy to celebrate St. Patrick’s on such a beautiful day like today.

So today, as our team engaged with our community, we all felt the joy of the sharing what we’ve been working so hard on with those around us. As a community space we are here to offer a comfortable place for students and professionals from all over the world, as well as serve some amazing local coffee. Today, our community got to try some of our drip cofee for free while enjoying their first Saturday at our Café.

Here’s to a day of cheers and great fun, with friends, family, and members of your community. Don’t forget to wear some green… and be safe out there.

9 of March

International Women’s Day 2018

By Alicia Brickey

Women are amazing everyday, but today, March 8th, is the day to celebrate them. International Women’s Day is a day dedicated to courageous and determined women who have played a progressive role in the history of their countries and communities. The celebration recognizes social, economic, political, and cultural achievements. Not only is this a day of recognition, but now a worldwide campaign used as a call to action for globally creating gender equality. Even the hashtag #PressForProgress has become a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy & support of women.

To take a look, on March 19th, 1911 started the first international women’s day. This day was chosen in commemoration of the day the the Prussian King promised voting to women in 1848. In 1913, Womens Day was later changed to it’s current Calendar date, March 8th. In 1975 the United Nations decided to draw global attention to women’s rights. Two years later, in 1977 the General Assembly of the UN decided to invite member states to proclaim this date as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

Since then, the world has witnessed a significant change in society’s thoughts and actions of women’s equality and fundamental rights.

Today is not only to celebrate women hood, but recognize the significant effort and hard work that was put in by these empowering females before us. Its amazing to see the progression, but also disheartening to see how far we still have to go as a country, and a world for fundamental women’s rights. Today, we thank our foremothers who paved the way for us to be the ambitious, independent, successful women we are today. I can only hope for a future where each man and woman can stand up for each other and protect the right to be protected and heard. Never be afraid to break boundaries to make a change for the better.

“International Women’s Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let’s all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let’s all Press for Progress.” – https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

2 of March

Happy Holi!

By Rachael Markovic

First and foremost, Happy Holi!

For those of you who are familiar with this tradition, you know this festival as “the festival of love” or the Hindu Spring Festival. For those of you who don’t know about this tradition, I hope that you’ll read on to learn more.

Holi signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, the end of winter, and the start of something new. This holiday has been passed down for many generations to people from ALL regions and cultures.

The original festival began with the Hindu culture as an ancient religious festival but overtime non-Hindus started to follow, and soon the whole world recognized it as a universal celebration of peace and love.

In today’s society, the Hindu tradition had transformed and became known as the Festival of Colours. The festival brings thousands of strangers to one place, and that’s to celebrate peace and love through the bright colors of the rainbow.


1 of March

The Difference Between Hearing and Listening

By Rachael Markovic

All day long we are surrounded by different sorts of communication. Whether it’s virtual or verbal communication, it’s still a two-way process. Most people like to claim that they’re listening when in fact they’re just nodding their heads up and down. We need to be able to listen in order to develop a true understanding of why someone feels the way that they do. One of the biggest issues is that we choose to listen not to understand but to reply.

Hearing tells you that the music is playing but listening tells you what the song is saying. There are times that we hear but we forget to listen.

Hearing may be one of the body’s five senses, but listening is an art. Being able to focus on what the person in front of you is saying and then listening to what ISN’T being said takes true concentration.

27 of February

Café Collective

By Alicia Brickey

Probably one of the best-hidden gems in Fort Lauderdale, Cafe Collective.

When the idea of impersonal coffee shop chains and strangers who aren’t so friendly got old, the idea of Cafe Collective was born. Located inside of the newest community space in downtown Ft Lauderdale, Cafe Collective is home to some amazingly fresh brews and tasty treats. Anywhere from breakfast, to lunch, to an afternoon treat- you’ll never feel guilty when you choose to indulge since most of the treats they offer are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and even locally sourced.
Talk about a love for people and community. Their partnership with local roasters Switchbox Coffee in Oakland Park will make that cup of joe that much better when a warm bag of beans is delivered right before your eyes, ready to be ground for your next cup. Freshness, consistency, and service with a smile is their top priority.
With over 70 seats you’ll be able to make yourself comfortable, connect to fast high-speed internet, and enjoy all the amenities of Collective Ventures. This includes the co-working space provided to the community at no cost.
Even better than the coffee is the opportunity to connect with some of the most well-established professionals and business owners in Broward County. Like we often say, “Stop by Cafe Collective, enjoy a coffee, and perhaps leave with a new business plan.”
Find out more by stopping by and asking for a tour!


19 of February

A Growing Community

By Rachael Markovic

In the past twenty years, I’ve seen all sorts of changes that we’ve faced. Some good but mostly bad. But change is, nevertheless, necessary. I’ve had to adapt to different circumstances and I’ve watched as those who couldn’t just fade away. I’ve learned that in order to last you HAVE to accept change and evolve with it.

Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end. -Robin Sharma

Photo by Fort Lauderdale Magazine 

12 of February

Quote of the Day

Faith in your own powers and confidence in your individual methods are essential to success. – Roderick Stevens 


7 of February

Open the door to success… It may be closer than you think

By Alicia Brickey

When great minds come together, amazing happens. That’s exactly why collaboration is a key component here at Collective Ventures. Our innovative atmosphere is fuel for inspiration to strategize business, create your vision, and execute with triumph. The tools for success are right through our doors. So, what’s stopping you?

Photos by: Rachael Markovic

5 of February


By Alicia Brickey

To have persistence means continuing to do something despite the difficulties and challenges. Once you put your mind to something and are willing to do everything it takes to succeed, nothing can or will stop you. That is the power of it all.

Persistence is success through trial & error. Persistence & success coherently  go hand in hand. This determined attitude can take your farther than any other quality. In fact, it is often said that persistence is a great substitute for talent. The power to keep pushing can help you overcome all other obstacles, not only in business but beyond.

”Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”- Bill Bradley

2 of February


By Alicia Brickey

“Ambition stalks the brain like a jaguar on the edge of a clearing,

Cautious yet ready to punch at the right opportunity,

Quivering in anticipation, battling saner instincts,

Claws sharper than scalpels, usually retracted,

In the imagination whole scenarios enacted,

Deserving to be feared, as natural as a tree sap.

Let no unsuspecting infants alone in it’s presence,

Turn not an unprotected back.

Naive quarry are of the essence,

No vulnerable prey is left intact.

Keep a wary eye on the forest’s every shadow,

In case therein ambition crouches low. “

– Michael B. Alexander

31 of January

Boss vs. Mentor

By Rachael Markovic

It’s unfortunate that the average person has to go through their fair share of crappy jobs with crappy bosses who only seem to beat them down every time they get something wrong or don’t do something the way they like.

Luckily, I’ve learned that there are actually two types of people who manage a business; a boss and a leader. A boss is someone who drives the group and relies on his authority to lead, whereas a leader is the essence of the group who inspires others.

A boss tells you what to do.

A good mentor explains how to do it.

The superior mentor demonstrates how it’s done.

But a great mentor inspires!

These are the people who thrive on feeding others what they have learned. They hope to pass on their teachings to someone who can not only learn to appreciate what they do but the way they do it without any shortcuts. This is also someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself even when you can’t see it. And they should be the ones empowering you to see a possible future while making you believe you can attain it.


getting the most out of life isn’t about how much you keep for yourself but how much you pour into others.

I encourage all of to seek out teachers and mentors that will challenge you to think outside of the box and guide you to find your own voice.


29 of January

Embrace Change

By Alicia Brickey

“Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?”

24 of January

Hashtags and what to do with them

By Alicia Brickey

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the passed 5 years, you probably know what a hashtag is. If not, a hashtag is a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) & used to identify a specific topic on social media. The purpose is to drive specifically engaged, quality traffic to your content, page, and business. For example, when you click on a hashtag, you are brought to a page with all the posts that use that same hashtag. It allows users to search for posts that have a common topic. By connecting the tag to specific searches, your content will become relevant to your target.

For business promotions, hashtags can be a very useful tool because they help increase engagement. Most businesses use hashtags to attract new customers and grow their presence, online and in person. Business blogger Halley Belt gives some great advice for growing your social media outreach through hashtags:  “Before taking the time to use hashtags, make sure that hashtags will fit into your social media strategy. Do you use Instagram and Twitter for business? If so, you should use hashtags. If you engage your customers more through email, then hashtags won’t be applicable to your business.”

If building your social media platform is one of your business goals, do your research! Think of some catchy, roll-off-the-tongue hashtags that flow well with your business content. Try them out and see how many people you reach. All in all, hashtags are an effective way to direct the proper traffic to your content. No matter what, if the hashtags you use are relevant to your target audience, you’ll create your social platform and be able to grow business from there!

23 of January

Family vs. Blood

By Rachael Markovic

People tend to believe that blood is thicker than water but don’t realize that even those you consider “family” can cross youFamily isn’t always blood.

Blood makes you related.

Loyalty makes you family.

Look around you. Family should be the people you can trust with your life, your secrets, your loved ones, and yourself. They shouldn’t be the people who make you feel wrong for being who you are. If you’re proud of what you see in the mirror, then who the hell are they to tell you otherwise?

Spend less time focusing on how to fix things with people who don’t even care to work on it with you. Make your peace but leave it alone. Focus on the positive people in your life. How do they impact your life? Think about it and make a conscious effort to surround yourself with these intelligent and uplifting individuals because they positively impact YOU and remember…

Family are the people in your life who WANT YOU in theirs; the ones who ACCEPT YOU for who you are and who you’re becoming. These are the people who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.

Figuring this out isn’t only good for your personal life. It will be profound for your professional one as well. So many times,  as founders plan new projects or businesses, they truly find out who has their best interest at heart. Families can express their concerns in a way that showcases either their worry about their loved ones’ futures, or indicate they don’t believe their loved one will succeed. Drowning out the noise is paramount to the success of your future. You have to know that “How they believe in you” doesn’t affect your outcome. It’s “How YOU believe in YOU!”

The same can be said about your friends. They can be:
-Jealous of your future, because you are about to outshine them.
-Scared because they will lose your time and friendship.
-Worried about your future & stability.
-or… Upset they weren’t chosen to join you on this ride.

Learn to distinguish Loyalty.
Learn to abstain from family or friends that serve to damage your future.
Learn to succeed with those that contribute to your success.
Learn to choose wisely, when picking those that get to join you on this ride.


22 of January

Setting S.M.A.R.T goals for career development

By Alicia Brickey

The average American is putting in over 2,000 hours a year toward building their career. With this much time being devoted, career development isn’t just another “to-do”, it’s a “must-do”, especially if achieving maximum success & potential from time invested is your goal.  Career management, including strategic planning to obtain new skills, capabilities, and experiences, is one of the most important steps toward achieving professional growth. To achieve this, you must think S.M.AR.T. (Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timebound)

Be specific. Your goals must be clear. Know what you’re doing, what you want to achieve, and plan accordingly. Make it easy to get where you want to go, by defining exactly where you want to end up.

Be Measurable. Measure your progress. It’s important to establish a logical means of executing your goal, so it gets done. If your have no clear path to measure progress, its easy for efforts to become less productive, and can easily veer off track. Also, means of measurement can provide you with motivation, and set the pace for the remainder of the goal execution.

Set Attainable goals. Before creating your plan of action, make sure you have the resources, authority, and time. Make sure the possibility is easy to reach. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will only demoralize yourself and your confidence. Make sure you have all means to support your potential success.

Stay relevant. Your goals should be consistent to where you want your career to take you. Professionally and personally.

Set time bound goals. Get on top of time management. By committing your goals to a deadline, it will be much easier to complete all necessary means of achieving said goal on time.

Be S.M.A.R.T. Take the lead on your own destiny. Only you can prompt the proper growth & success needed for your career, especially your position.


17 of January

Quote of the Day

By Alicia Brickey

“Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie

15 of January

Coffee is Life

Published by Alicia Brickey

         O             L
           F     I      I
            F      S      F
             E              E 
Oh saccharriferous nectar of the gods. 
You never disappoint. Not once has your
sweet disposition failed to fancy  my     yen.
Your  Holy  Aroma  fills  my  nostrils     like
The halls of a school after the bells      ring
With unparalleled  goodness,    and a        zest
To live for. Where  would I  be with          out
Such  Divine,   Bronzed,    Browned          and
Brazen allure? The first sip is like        jump-
ing into a pool of liquid diamonds or       like
Running your fingers across gaseous       gold.
I await every morning with pleasant.     eager-
ness. Only for you to grace me with  ardor.

12 of January

Friday Morning

By Alicia Brickey

The rising sun graced the palm trees in the distance as I pulled onto the boulevard. I did a double take. I could feel the warmth illuminate my face. There was a moment, a pause, just before driving into the chaos of friday morning traffic. The city skyline was before me. Just a glimpse was all I needed. Something came over me. As many times as I’ve traveled this route, I’ve never seen this view before. It was good morning kiss like I’ve never had. In that moment, a look of serene beauty among chaos was all it took. In that split second of chaos and bustle, all was well with the world.

11 of January

Positive additions in 2018

By Alicia Brickey

As entrepreneurs and business owners, the start of a new year means exciting opportunities and doors to be opened. One of the biggest concepts to be opened in 2018 is the Brightline high-speed rail train, traveling from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale in just 35 minutes. The train will take off for the first time this Saturday, with trains departing as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m. The next big step for Brightline is extending service to Miami, which will launch “in the coming months.” In the future, the train will run from South Florida to Orlando International Airport.

This is a huge addition to our city, with Brightline’s president  stating that, “We believe in comfort and convenience of our travel experience, paired with premium hospitality, will set a new standard.” But what will this mean for the city of Fort Lauderdale, and the businesses establishing it? Well, all in all, it helps us become more efficient. The amount of traffic coming in and out of the city will be able to greatly decrease, due to a more logical, inexpensive means of transportation. For most, the drive is the struggle. Stress, anxiety, and road rage can get the best of people. By creating a service that concentrates on reducing stress on the roadways, makes for clearer highways and less accidents caused by rushed drivers. Stress free employees then lead to increased productivity in the workplace. Also, it will be a positive note for our environment. Fort Lauderdale is heavily polluted with smog. Cutting back the amount of cars on our roadways can truly make a difference.

In the professional aspect, this speed train can bring a new pool of talent Fort Lauderdale has never seen before. Now, with easy accessibility, college graduates and others looking for employment can now easily extend their search to a larger city where jobs are available, flourishing, and even pay better than more remote areas. Not only will it bring those eager to work, but those eager to shop and explore. This will be a great avenue for people to see the city and shop the businesses within. With easy access to one of the best cities in the United States, the future of Fort Lauderdale can only blossom with the assistance of this awesome new transportation.

5 of January

Walk with confidence

By Alicia Brickey

”A woman who walks in purpose doesn’t have to chase people or opportunities. Her light causes people and opportunites to persue her.”

4 of January

New beginnings.

By Rachael Markovic

Every story has an end, but every end also has a beginning.

There is an opportunity in everything. The good and the bad.

As we leave the old year behind, we welcome in the new.

There’s new opportunities with new people, new chapters, and new memories.

Remember, there is nothing more powerful than a woman determined to rise and this is a great time for a fresh start.

Create something better and find something new to be amazing at because there’s so much more to life than just surviving.

Find a way to be a better you.


4 of January

Emphasis on impact: using your opportunity

By Alicia Brickey

2017 has taught many valuable lessons. It may have been a rollercoaster, but the growth and knowledge gained was much more influential in the end. Not only did these humbling lessons give strength, but patience and endurance, as well. Some may call it “post-traumatic growth.” Now, since 2018 is the year to grow, and growth comes from opportunity and impact, push the envelope. Use your opportunities in ways you haven’t thought of.

Start this year setting and developing positive habits. Try these 5:

1. Find opportunities that suit you– Small ideas and initiatives have a way of manifesting when the right effort is put in. Try the things that interest you, and find what you love. You can only grow from there.

2. Pay Attention– Value curiosity and collect information. Interact with your environment, and those around you. Be conscious. This will help you become insightful, intelligent, and inspiring to those who see your awareness.

3. Decide. Don’t hesitate to pull the trigger– when opportunity presents itself, take it. Use it to grow the skills you already have. As you grow through life experience, you transform into a better person. More opportunities will grow as you do. Have that impact, and you will grow.

4. Make yourself a magnet for things you do well– be generous when offering help, and when people help you, offer your skills in return of the favor. Always look for ways to match your best work with what people are doing around you. This gives you the chance to enhance, display, and impress others by your skills.

5. Envision all opportunity– if you are aware, you’ll come to understand opportunity is everywhere you look. Research ideas that match your interest & skill set. Make those ideas unique. Make them yours. Always look for ways to get better, ways to improve.

As we proceed with 2018, try to work on these habits. Remember, what you put in, the ripple effect, the impact, is what will sky-rocket growth. Not only professionally, but personally too.

2 of January

1 of 365

By Alicia Brickey

Welcome 2018! A new year, a fresh start, and infinite possibilities. This is the best time to restart. Remember: Positivity is key. Let go of passed mistakes. Eliminate toxic people. Use your talents & do good deeds. Don’t hold back. Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be. Each day is a blank page, so write an amazing story.

29 of December

Influence to grow

By Alicia Brickey

Impact is powerful. It can create change. Not only can it move us, it can make us move. Life is all about making a lasting impact; to have that strong effect on someone or something. To make your mark, strive for progress not perfection. Never give up, because in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Impact leads to growth, and growth can only come through continuous struggle and effort.

27 of December

New Years Resolutions

By Rachael Markovic

Oh boy…

Here it comes.


Time for new wishes, new dreams, and new aspirations.

“This year I am going to… ”

“This year I will…”

“This is the year I am going to start…”

How many of you actually achieve what you set out to do at the beginning of each year?

Why not make THIS the year?

I want you to make a list.

List your goals and your dreams for this year.

As you’re creating this list, I want you to think about what needs to happen in order to accomplish each goal.

Take action.

Look at your list and figure out what you need to achieve each week in order to complete your list by the end of the year.


22 of December


By Rachael Markovic


“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”

Life is to be lived not controlled. Any successful professional can find this extremely difficult to grasp and understand especially when it comes to their businesses. For most of us, our business is like a second child so many of us find it challenging when it comes to having to let go of a bit control.

Someone who calls themselves an ambitious go-getter can find themselves having trouble with sitting down and letting go of the reins a bit not realizing that it’s a part of the growth.

20 of December

Let magic happen

By Alicia Brickey

“Magic happens when you do not give up, even though you want to. The universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart.”

19 of December

The Spirit of the Season

By Alicia Brickey

The true spirit of the season goes deeper than just presents. It lies in the heart of the mother, hopelessly wanting to give their children the world. The heart of a volunteer worker, serving and smiling, all for the greater good. Its the love, care, and compassion from one human being to another. This year, I was fortunate enough to truly experience the love, sympathy, and warmth the holiday spirit can bring. Our members graciously teamed up with the volunteer efforts of United Way of Broward County to give back to a family in need, among 23 families involved in the 2017 Adopt a Family holiday drive. Together, the efforts combined were able to help distribute over 500 gifts to families in need this Christmas. The reward of being able to help someone was amazing, and seeing the selflessness of our members was beyond moving. Everyone who contributed decided to take something they worked for, that could have went to them or theirs, and instead chose to give to someone they have never met. A complete stranger actually. The fact of providing for a family in need was truly a gift in itself, but the humbleness and humility of our team brought light to the holiday spirit is. The decorations and lights may set the mood, but if each of us could show more compassion, even in the slightest bit, the spirit of the holiday’s can grow in everyone’s heart. Happy Holidays.

15 of December

Destination Unknown

By Alicia Brickey

‘Don’t be afraid to take an unfamiliar path, sometimes they’re the ones that take you to the best places.”

13 of December

Everything Happens For a Reason

By Rachael Markovic

No matter what you choose to believe in or who you choose to follow, we all sit there and try to understand why things happen the way that they do. We think to our selves, “there MUST be a bigger picture of some sort” while others may find it challenging to grasp this concept especially if they’re facing a breakup or heartache of some sort. But believe it, because it couldn’t be truer.

Take a moment to think back to a time when someone had entered your life and completely changed it around. Whether they made it better or more complicated, they just caused certain things to take place. Now you need to realize that no matter how good or how painful of a role they played, they taught you something, something that will reveal itself at some point. Someday, everything will make perfect sense. For now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason. Even the unpleasant lessons teach us something important. They teach us how to deal with different sorts of pain and difficulty while building us to be stronger and more successful people.

If you’re afraid to let people in because you’re too scared of change then you won’t be able to experience the need for change and therefore, won’t be able to learn the lessons that each person faces when something or someone is working against them.


Everything happens for a reason, live it, love it, learn from it.


13 of December

The Rules of Being Awesome

By Alicia Brickey

1. Risk more than is required. 2. Learn more than normal. 3. Be strong. 4. Show courage. 5. Breathe. 6. Excel. 7. Love. 8. Lead. 9. Speak the truth. 10. Live your values. 11. Laugh. 12. Cry. 13. Innovate. 14. Simplify. 15. Adore mastery, release mediocrity. 16. Aim for genius. 17. Stay humble/ be kinder than expected. 18. Deliver more than is needed. 19. Exude passion. 20. Shatter your limits. 21. Transcend your fears. 22. Inspire others by your bigness. 23. Dream big but start small. 24. Act now, dont stop. 25. Change the world.

12 of December

Dear Entrepreneurs…

By Alicia Brickey

Dear dreamer—

Hi, it’s me. All you want in life. By day, your passion burns for me, but our nights together are nothing but complicated. You toss and turn in excitement dreaming about our growth, climbing through hurdles,  and taking over the world. Other nights are sleepless, exhausting, when you want nothing more but to give up and take the easy route. But you never do. You’re tirelessly working, dreaming, contemplating, and achieving. Continuously building us up when sometimes all I do is make you fall. Thank you for that. Thank you for not waiting for someone else’s permission. For thinking, speaking, and doing all to give us purpose. You’ve changed your life because you care so much about me. You launch ideas from the heart to make us become more and more. You allow possibility to feed your soul, while embracing failure alongside success. As we fail and succeed, you keep our values front and center. When you doubt yourself, remember why it matters to you, and that it doesn’t have to matter to everyone. Thank you for never allowing fear to get in your way. You put all your time, effort, energy, and above all, faith into us. All your hard work will pay off. I know things can get complicated, but please, never give up.


your dreams

12 of December

Life is Worth It

By Alicia Brickey

“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. Love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. Let it change your life. No one said it would be easy, but they promised it would be worth it.” 

8 of December

Entrepreneurs Overcoming Failure

By Alicia Brickey

On Wednesday night, Collected Ventures partnered with 305 ELab to host a fun, enlightening night focused on the local entrepreneur. Two female forces Erika Obando and Ro Ferrelli opened up about a crucial topic all entrepreneurs face: Failure, and how to overcome it. They shared their personal stories, and how their journey & experiences with failure helped transform them into the successful, professional women they are today.

For entrepreneurs, there’s no such thing as a smooth path to success. When comparing stories, you notice feelings of emptyness. People in search of something missing from within. Ro described this feeling as an “undenying inner knowing” that compelled her to find her purpose. This lead her on a whirlwind of life transformation. When these inner beings are awakened, the individual can take the step in the path of change and entrepreneurship. Letting go of the wheel when they came to the realization that they are on the journey, they were just trying to over correct. Discovering what it takes, when they followed their heart and intuition, was when they were really able to grasp the purpose of their lives. Of course this may not be as easy as it sounds. There will be times you’ll fall to the ground, but it’s your choice to pick yourself back up again. After all, the one who falls and gets up is a lot stronger than one who doesn’t fall at all.  The power of vulnerability & failure come from perseverance.

6 of December

Our Generation

Published by Alicia Brickey

“Our generation will be known for nothing.
Never will anybody say,
We were the peak of mankind.
That is wrong, the truth is
Our generation was a failure.
Thinking that
We actually succeeded
Is a waste.
And we know Living only for money and power
Is the way to go.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is a dumb thing to do.
Forgetting about that time,
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Changing our world for the better
Is something we never did.
Giving up
Was how we handled our problems.
Working hard
Was a joke.
We knew that
People thought we couldn’t come back
That might be true,
Unless we turn things around”
(Read from bottom to top now)

By Jordan Nichols

5 of December

The Holiday Spirit

By Alicia Brickey

Its that time again! The holiday season. 2-3 months out of the year that truly are a daze. After all, it is the most wonderful time of year. But for some, the holidays are the most hectic and stressful time of the year. Traveling, extra spending, and even family time can be the cause of resentment toward the holidays.

As easy as it is to get caught up in what may be viewed as stressful, this time of year it is just as easy to build and grow positive emotions. That’s one reason why the holiday spirit can be so contagious. When one person is happy, it can lift the spirits of others. It’s no surprise when people say they wish the holiday feeling could last all year. Taking part in traditions, visiting loved ones, and planning or attending holiday get-togethers are fire starters to the spirit and joy of the holidays. These meaningful actions fill your heart and warm your soul. Happiness is contagious! The more joy you give to others, the more joy you will feel.

On the other hand, the holiday blues may be inevitable for some. Losing loved ones, broken families, and simply those everyday joys that may influence one’s happiness, can be the cause of waves of sadness during this time of year. Its hard to shy away from these feelings when they can be so apparent. Make time to enstill your spirt on those around you. As it may not be as easy for some to pick up the feeling, with compassionate friendship, you can help ease their heart & mind. After all, it is about what we can do for others.

With all added stress, we forget what the holidays should truly represent: joy, laughter, and even a miracle or two. Even the biggest Scrooge can’t help but feel some holiday cheer when the eggnog starts to flow, the lights and garland are hung, and the first notes of Rockin Around the Christmas Tree start to play. That’s what we call the holiday spirit. The holiday spirit is a feeling of happiness, joy, warmth, and togetherness surrounding the holiday season. It may come in the weather change. It may be the smell of pumpkin pie and christmas cookies. It could be the sound of carols and jingle bells, or the twinkling lights hung for all to see. When superficial aspects are set aside, thats often when the holiday spirit can find a heart to lie in.


17 of November

Rough waters..

By Alicia Brickey

Rough waters are a true test of leadership. Every ship has a great captain in calm water.”

16 of November

Tech Ladies of South Florida

On Tuesday evening, the Tech Ladies of South Florida joined forces at Collective Ventures for a night of classy, casual networking. The Tech Ladies includes 20,000 people nationwide working in production, engineering, design, marketing, business development, and more. They’re all connected throughout the world, allowing members access to a secret jobs page, and tech ladies exclusives like newsletters, their private facebook group, and events. During their get together, the Tech Ladies of South Florida got to connect with like-minded individuals in the relaxed enviornment of our community co-working space. These ladies are pretty awesome, joining together to provide a system of powerful people uniting one another. They even hold and “Ask & Offer” session to ask for support or offer their expertise related to work, tech, resources, career moves, and more. Since we are a creative and tech hub here at CV, we were so excited to host this meet & greet for a crew of influential women. As a young woman, it’s empowering to have access to such groups supporting ladies (and guys) throughout a strong, supportive network in the community and even beyond.


#TechLadies #STEMcommunity #CollectiveVentures

16 of November

Coffee Break

By Alicia Brickey

”Great attitude and kindness are like a perfect cup of coffee. They awaken your spirit and improve your day. Fill your cup, and don’t start your day without it.”

14 of November

South Florida Wildlife and You

By Alicia Brickey

In 1969, Bea Humphreys began rescuing and caring for animals right in her own backyard. Actually, it was her garage, which housed rescue animals for almost 20 years. Today, the South Florida Wildlife Center rescues & rehabilitates over 12,000 wild animals each year. Their team of leaders including veterinarians, wildlife & animal care specialist, and non-profit pros are south florida’s own “animal experts and advocates”. They go above & beyond to give a voice to those who don’t have one, the wildlife in our community. Their mission is as follows: to rescue, rehabilitate, release, and educate.

Rescue efforts occur 365 days a year through ambulance rescue, clinic triage, and expert veterinarian treatments. After rescue, the rehabilitation process can begin for any injured or orphaned animal. The staff provides specialized therapy and treatment to prepare the wild patients to leave as healthy as possible. Release of the animals back to their natural habitats is the end goal. After a full recovery is made, the animals are then release back home. The South Florida Wildlife Center is committed to doing what’s right to each & every animal.  Beyond educating the community about wildlife, the center provides intern/externship programs for veterinary students, future rehabilitators, and others interested in the sciences.

The South Florida Wildlife Center is truly a blessing for our community. The services offered are desperately needed in the aid of helping the local wildlife in our community. Wildlife in South Florida is not only animals. This includes birds, insects, plants, fungi and even microscopic organisms. Without these creatures, our world as we know it would not be the same. Besides the positives they provide us, such as agriculture and farming, medicinial values, and a healthy enviornment, the beauty of these creatures makes our home here in south Florida unique beyond compare. Education is the most powerful weapon, and the educational efforts provided by SFWC are making an impact beyond expectations.

8 of November

Weekly Refocus: Community Outreach

By Alicia Brickey

You may have heard the story of an old man, a young man, and some starfish. An old man walked up a shore littered with thousands of starfish, beached and dying after a storm. A young man was picking them up and flinging them back into the ocean. “Why do you bother?” The old man scoffed. “You’re not saving enough to make a difference.” The young man picked up another starfish and sent it spinning back to the water. “It made a difference to that one”, he said.

If one person can make a difference, what can we accomplish together? Well, making a difference lies perfectly with our core values of Collective Ventures. Just look at the founders. They created a safe space open to the public, at no cost, and use their time to implement their own knowledge & experience for others. That is truly, actively making a difference in supporting those looking to grow within our community. With that being said, how can we contribute to make a change? Let’s try to follow in their footsteps. Community outreach & service is so important not only our neighborhood, but to the individual participating. It provides an opportunity to become active members of the community in a positive way, as well as provide a service to those in need. It’s a great way to build social awareness, self confidence, and responsibility. Not only do you get to be involved in new experiences, you never know what bond you will create. Giving back to the community is a great contribution, but when you’re able to build personal strengths when doing so, what more can you gain? Try to reach out within your community today. The outcome may surprise you beyond your imagination.

8 of November

Two Options

By Alicia Brickey

Everyday when you wake up, you have two options:

Option 1: Be Average

  • -allow negativity to consume your thoughts, feelings, and actions
  • -stay comfortable, with no room for advancement
  • -no work ethic, you’re a complainer
  • -laziness is okay with you



Option 2: Be Phenomenal

  • +positive all around
  • +failure doesn’t stop you, yet prompts more ambition
  • +never stop making and chasing goals
  • +growth is always your ambition


Today, what option will you choose?


30 of October

Quote of the day

”Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” -Albert Schweitzer

27 of October

The Importance of Team Building

By Rachael Markovic

Let’s take a moment to go down memory lane…

How many of you grew up participating in little “Field Day” games and activities? Of course, how could you have known that these activities were meant to teach you how to be a successful team player in the workforce one day.

Whether you’re a player in a Baseball League or an employee in a marketing agency, you’re part of a team or “workforce.” So it’s important that you can work together. Anyone who’s been a part of a team has learned and now understands hard work, sacrifice, teamwork, goal setting, and overcoming adversity. 

Before success comes failure– sports teach you how to deal with both.

Team building activities allow employees to grasp an understanding of each of each other’s interests, strengths, and weaknesses and thus making it easier to connect with one another on a different level. This brings people together by encouraging collaboration and teamwork and most of all it gets you results.

A little exercise that we did here at CV was our first Pumpkin Carving Party…

Members were split into a team of 2 and placed in 4 different groups where they were challenged to get as creative as they could with their materials and tools.

  • Group 1: Constructors
    • Given only construction material and scissors.
  • Group 2: Artists
    • Given only 2 sharpies.
  • Group 3: Tracers
    • Given only a booklet with tracing tools, paperclip, and a sharpie.
  • Group 4: Carvers
    • Given only 2 carving tools and a sharpie.


We all had so much fun, even some of the co-workers joined in! This was an excellent activity for collaboration and the fostering of innovation and creativity. We got to enjoy some socializing and getting to know one another better along with learning how to create something as a team.


23 of October

Be healthy, be happy

By Alicia Brickey

Have you ever thought how changing your diet and exercise routine could help your internal being? We choose to be healthy for many reasons such as weight loss, to increase life expectancy, and cut the risk for future disease. But can being healthy make us happy? For years, studies have arose on how physical & mental health are fundamentally connected.

Start with what goes into your body. Nutrition influences the structure and functioning of the brain cells, says naturopathic doctor Alan Logan. Food = Mood. His best advice: stick with whole food. Whole food is food that retains its natural composition and contains no artificial additives or preservatives. Processed foods have had their natural composition altered in some way, adding ultra-processed elements like oils, sugars, dyes, and artificial agents to preserve freshness. According to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry, found those who ate the “Mediterranean diet” rich in olive oil, fish, and veggies have shown 30% less depressive symptoms that who’s who didn’t follow the diet as strictly. For example, monosaturated fatty acid (found in olive oil), which helps serotonin bind to receptors, and Omega 3’s (found in fish), improve cell function, and when balanced in a healthy diet, have been proven to assist with making you happier. Researchers have also found that people who switched from eating almost no fruit & vegetables to 8 servings a day, experienced increase in life satisfaction equivalent to someone unemployed finding a job.

Not only is it important to monitor what goes into your body, physical activity is crucial to a healthy wellbeing. Exercise improves the way your body works. It can make you look better, feel better and even live longer. Physical activity contributes to health by reducing the heart rate, decreasing the risk for many diseases, like heart disease and diabetes, and reducing the amount of bone loss that is associated with age and osteoporosis. According to Mayo Clinic, exercise also helps reduce anxiety and improve mood. During a work-out, your body releases “feel good” chemicals such as serotonin, your body temperature rises, which promotes a calming effect, and it reduces chemicals in the immune system that may cause depressive symptoms. When miles of running doesn’t fit into your daily schedule, they say a brisk walk or even gardening can do the trick. Essentially, exercising benefits us physically and mentally.

Now, like exercise, rest and relaxation play a vital role in good health and well-being throughout our life. Sleep helps your brain work properly. Ongoing sleep deficiency can raise the risk for some chronic health problems. Even though you’re sleeping, your brain is working to prepare you for the next day. It’s forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information. Sleep is an important role in your physical health, involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. It can also affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. In Canada, a study reveals 25% of people over the age of 15 have trouble getting to sleep. 3.3 million Canadians suffer from insomnia, which is causing high levels of stress. That being said, not enough sleep leads to depression. Contrarily, more sleep actually makes you happier and healthier.

Many factors play into our health and wellness. It’s amazing that by altering something as simple as our diet, we can see vast changes in our own thoughts and feelings. Be healthy, and be happy 🙂

20 of October

Strength through Struggle

By Alicia Brickey

”Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strength. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”- Gandhi

In times of trouble, its easy to be overcome with negativity and doubt. When you see your struggles as opportunities to become better, stronger, and wiser, that is when growth and success takes place.

19 of October

to Boss vs. to Lead

By Alicia Brickey

From working in some of the most dreadful places, I feel I must describe my current position as the biggest blessing in my professional life thus far. I was given an opportunity; a chance. It’s a truly amazing feeling, but in all, the most important thing is feeling good enough. It’s great feeling like my opinion matters, not being demeaned on a daily basis, and that I’m valued as a person, not just a disposable employee. It’s unfortunate that most places don’t have basic human understanding when dealing with their employees. They cause conflict and even loss of employment due to employees taking sick days, time off for family emergency’s, and even discredit them time and pay they have rightfully worked for. J.K Rowling said, “If you want to see the measure of a man, watch how he treats his employees, not equals.” Working in family-owned businesses to even more corporate positions, I’ve experienced an array of bosses, but I have to say few to none have ever stepped up to be a leader. Only one has taken it above & beyond to mentorship.

We all have ambitions and goals, but a true leader can help us reach them. My mentor is a coach, a wise professional, leading by example, developing my skill set, and preparing my potential. He’s a cheerleader, constantly boosting my confidence so I can feel brave enough to cross boundaries. He’s also a challenger. Questioning my comfort zone in a way that makes me wonder why I needed a “comfort zone” to begin with. He is humble, honest, matches vision with action, understands and provides constructive feedback, and keeps in mind that a motivated workplace is happier, productive, and in the end more profitable. All in all, what does it mean to be a part of CV? It means you work with an awesome team of individuals, backed by an even more amazing support system. It means you’re beyond blessed.


18 of October

Quote of the Day

By Rachael Markovic

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by SURPRISE. It is not that we seize them, but that they SEIZE US. – Ashley Montagu

16 of October

Work for Someone Who Inspires You

By Rachael Markovic

Why does someone simply quit? Why do you quit doing what you love if you love it? It clearly isn’t because of your lack of passion but perhaps other circumstances…

Most people don’t realize that 75% workers who have voluntarily left their job are because they quit their boss, not the actual position itself.

I personally won’t work for someone who feels it is necessary to point out their title and express their authority over others like it’s a competition. Luckily, I found myself in a place where minds are encouraged to think, grow, and expand from one another. It’s a place where I can say even my BOSS inspires greatness in our team. In fact, I’d like to thank him for teaching me that there is always an opportunity if I just reach out to grab it.

He made me realize that the only person who has the power to influence your future is yourself. You can have skill but if you don’t have the proper guidance to help you aim in the right direction, you won’t make it to the stars. Instead of telling me what to do he shows me. Instead of telling me how NOT to do it, he explains how it should be done. He doesn’t crush my growth but in fact, feeds it.

I am so proud to be a member of the CV team that I’d like to show everyone that it’s not all about being able to control your staff through fear but about encouraging great ideas and creating something beautiful with your team. This is unison and this is how you run a successful business. Not through fear but by earning respect.


11 of October

Quote of the Day

By Rachael Markovic

All you need is the plan, the right team, and the courage to press on to your destination. -Earl Nightingale

10 of October

Attract joy, love, and prosperity with gratitude

By Alicia Brickey

Most Entrepreneurs are naturally ambitious, meaning we want more, and are always on the hunt for what’s missing in our lives. It’s easy to get caught up in our ambitious nature, and become, not quite selfish, but seeking self improvement. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to better ourselves, at times, I find myself in a rut of “What am i lacking?”. In moments like this, I must remind myself to remain grateful. In her article titled, “Gratitude Challenge: How to Count Your Blessings”, yoga instructor Katherine Smith elaborates on her study in gradititude. Every week while living and working at a yoga retreat, Katherine was confronted by individuals troubled by everyday “human” issues, searching to regain their strength, spirit, and passion. At the end of her class, she asked her students what they “got” to do in their daily lives, and had them elaborate on everydays tasks in a way that would change their thinking of things they “had” to do.

Here are some responses she got that brought about the awareness of counting blessings:
-“I got to take a shower in warm, clean water and dry myself with a soft, fluffy towel.”

-“I got to make lunch with fresh, healthy produce purchased from my local grocer. My grocer always has a smile for me.”

-“I got to do yoga today. I moved my arms, my legs, and was able to experience by body.”

So, how do we get back to being grateful? Being a determined individual, it’s almost like we’re “pre-programmed to strive for more”; to always be better, have better, and do better. We forget to appreciate what really matters. What if we took the time every day to count our blessings? How would this impact our daily lives?

Try these simple yet effective ways Katherine offers to be great and grateful:

-Do everything with your full attention.
Whether it’s taking a shower, or driving to work, commit to it with your full presence.

-Remember the bad.
It’s helpful to remember to the hard times you’ve once experienced to be grateful in your current state. Once we remember how difficult life used to be and how fav we’ve come, its easy to see all the things we’re taking for granted.

-Enjoy the simple pleasures.
Look for the positives in any situation and find pleasure in all that you do. (Especially your passion)

-Quit the “ill be happy when’s..”
Be happy now! Happiness a choice, not an achievement. Make it your choice to see beyond the negatives.

-Count your blessings
Before you go to sleep, call to mind three or four things you can be grateful for. With everyday, try to think of something you haven’t thought on before.

-Visit a children’s hospital
You may experience a much clearer focus than you ever have before. simply put, the kids and their parents have real problems and the vast majority of our “problems” are not really problems at all; at least not when you place them in their proper perspective.

Think of it like this:

“You don’t ‘have to’ go to the office supply store, you ‘get to’ go and purchase all that your business needs to grow and thrive. You don’t ‘have to’ stay late at the office to complete your assignment, you ‘get to; use your brain in creative ways that allow you to shine bright within your industry.”

Recognition of the small things is often overlooked. It’s important to get back to basics when we feel our lives are lacking, to really see the perspective of the gifts life has to offer us. Everyday is a gift, that is why it is called the present.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more.” – Melody Beattie

10 of October

Synchronicity in Business

By Alicia Brickey

“Synchronicity: Synchronicity is a concept, first introduced by analytical psychologist Carl Jung, which holds that events are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related”

Here at Collective Ventures, we believe that working together provides all of the resources a business professional may need to either start or grow their business. Our companies work together to create a sequence of steps in which one course of action cannot begin or reach beyond a certain point, without finishing or going beyond expectation. With this being said, a team-player mentality is a must. A strong sense of synchronicity can tremendously benefit in business. When working together, combining unique points of view from each team member creates more successful business solutions. Collaborating builds creativity and shared knowledge. Also, working in synch incorporates many diverse strengths that are crucial to the success of businesses. Working together lets members build on the talents of their teammates. Everytime you collaborate with someone at CV, you get the chance to combine forces to improve methods as a whole, while also growing individually. While individual growth is pertinent to success, a strong, supportive team environment is just as crucial. Collective work is what we’re about. We recognize each others strengths and build to become stronger; all while collaborating in a way that has never been done before.

29 of September

Forming Diamonds

by Alicia Brickey

A diamond doesn’t start out polished and shining. It was once a lump of coal, but with unbearable heat, extreme pressure, and being cut in all places, it is then considered pretty, strong, and great enough to shine amongst others. This thought perfectly coincides with a quote by Eric Thomas: “Everyone wants to shine like a diamond, but no one wants to be cut like one.” Life is full of cuts and pressure. When someone imparts their negativity into your life, take it as a lesson. Thank them for the cut, and keep forming to become what you’re truly meant to be. With every dig, you’re on our your way from coal to diamond. The next time you feel uncomfortable with the pressure in your life, remember, “no pressure, no diamond”.

28 of September

Happiness leads to an increase in productivity in the workforce.

By Rachael Markovic

What makes a successful business rise to the top is its workforce. What makes a strong team? Well, it’s certainly not by controlling your employees and treating them how you please because you “pay them enough.” It’s by having the power to inspire your employees as not just a boss but a great human being. You have to cultivate a culture where each person can look forward to coming into work each day. People don’t realize that positive emotions not only stimulate human beings but allow them to be more productive. A team of economists led by Andrew Oswald, a professor at Warwick Business School, developed a study to prove this theory.

They found that happiness led to an increase in productivity by 12%, while unhappy workers declined at 10%.

“We find that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity. Positive emotions appear to invigorate human beings, while negative emotions have the opposite effect.”

Professor Oswald along with two other scientists proved that businesses who invest in employee satisfaction have an overall higher success rate than those who don’t.

Shawn Anchor, the author of The Happiness Advantage, has found that the brain works much better when a person is feeling positive. He believes that this is when individuals tend to be more creative and better at solving problems as well as more effective collaborators working towards the common goal of making your business better. This is why it is so important for us here at Collective Ventures to maintain a culture where we can encourage self-growth and inspiration in others.

Anchor truly believes that the incentive for organizations is clear-cut:

“Happiness leads to greater levels of profits” for companies that take the right steps.

27 of September

Advice for the not-so-average-millennial

By Alicia Brickey

Anyone with a taste of the real world will tell you success doesn’t come easy. Especially in a world with a clear stigma toward millennials, it may not always be easy to disassociate yourself from the broad generalizations. It’s hard being a young entrepreneur in the era of “work-loathing, iPhone loving, selfie-savoring” millennials, as one blogger describes. Don’t fear. There’s more than enough room to stand apart from the negative connotations brought on by our generation.

Morris Laloshi, CEO of SEO Guys, Inc, is a wonderful image of what young, successful entrepreneurs should strive to be. The best advice offered to me by Mr. Laloshi himself on avoiding the “millennial plague”, is to ignore the stigma. Don’t focus on what others think you can do, focus on what you know you can succeed. Yes, it may be easier said than done, but looking closely at what successful millennials have in common is a great way to form your own great habits for success.
Start with the basics. Believe in yourself. Know your own potential, and trust yourself enough to take risks, even when those around you think its wrong to do so. Next, take the road less traveled. The difference between any young person and a young entrepreneur is mentality. Most people can see and idea and think, “I could probably do that”, when on the other hand, the successful entrepreneur’s thinking is already down an alternate path. It’s completely unique & different, going against the grain. Another habit to form, is learning the importance of setting clear goals. With one of the main stigma around being a millennial is that we’re prone to distraction, besides helping us stay motivated, goals keep us focused. Once we have something to lock in on, it helps us set mental boundaries for any distractions that could get in our way. Stay goal oriented, with one main goal always in mind: Success. Stay humble, but confident. In order to be successful in anything, one must obtain a level of confidence. Yet once goals are met or success is obtained, we must not confuse this with arrogance. Confidence comes from within- a place of true self-assurance. Arrogance stems from the conceited thought of self-importance. The slight difference between the two is humility. Morris gave this quote to perfectly describe his entrepreneurial mindset: “Cocky in prediction, confident in preparation, humble in victory and defeat.”
Lastly, realize the importance of mentorship. Generally, our generation is frequently looking for purpose in our work and life. This is where the importance of a mentor comes into play. Mentors increase motivation and accountability, identify areas of an individual that may need work, and help amplify our path to success. Morris Laloshi, CEO mentioned above, explains how mentorship has not only helped him in business, but in many other aspects of his life. A mentor is there to lead by example, so your job is to take each life lesson they share, and apply it with thought to your own life. Only then, will you able to fully grasp what the purpose of their mentorship is. It may be hard to accept the truth of their advice, but in the end, these mentors are in our life for a reason, so you must take what they say and apply it uniquely to your life. Remember; success is a mindset and the result of daily habits that sculpt you into the person you want to be.

25 of September

Karma Cleanse

By Alicia Brickey

“How people treat you is their karma. How you react is your karma.”

Karma refers to the spiritual principle of cause & effect; when previous and present intentions & actions influence the fate and future of that individual. Good deed= positive karma, evil deed = negative karma. Basically, we get what we deserve. With this being said, us too can create our own good karma by practicing a “Karma Cleanse”:

Express gratuity for everything
-be humble, show gratitude not attitude

Defer to kindness
-express positivity with everything you do

Let go of the past and focus on the here & now
-allow yourself to move forward

Check your motives
-whatever you do, do it for the right reason

Act with love
-take the extra step to help others

Forgive yourself and others
-release the unnecessary negativity

If drawing good karma into your life is what you desire, you must practice by giving into positivity and what you hope to receive. Once you let go of negativity and turn it into good karma, that’s when your goals will manifest.

20 of September


By Rachael Markovic

What makes someone ambitious? What gives someone the desire to wake up in the morning and decide that they want to achieve something?  Why does an ambitious person feel motivated and determined, instead of content and fulfilled with just enough to get by? What makes these people super achievers?

Ambition is the desire to achieve something, or to succeed, accompanied with motivation, determination and an internal drive.

It seems that most people are content with striving and achieving just enough to meet their daily needs and to attain their desired quality of life–no more, no less. This makes it difficult for business leaders who want to cultivate a winning organization by building a team of achievement hungry go-getters that are willing to do whatever it takes to be successful and achieve greatness.

According to the business dictionary, “ambition describes those that achieve success based on their inner desire to do so and their belief in themselves. ”

My mentor always said to me that ambition cannot be taught. You either have it or you don’t. You can be the greatest person at what you do but if you have no drive or desire to do anything with it then you won’t be to succeed on to the next level.

A friend once told me that…

“Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle.”

Which reminds me that it’s not just about being good at something but remembering to work towards achieving something better and remaining determined through the process. This is what makes a person a super achiever. 

Awakening Ambition

  1. Mimic Ambition- It is as simple as someone choosing a role model to copy and mimic.
  2. Force-Fed Ambition- You can scare someone into being ambitious. Usually, parents or teachers do this.

Of course, awakening ambition is not the only key to success. Life is a journey through doors and choices that lead down different roads. But at the end of the day, we can choose to be the ambitious people that need both the energy and goals to succeed.

Someone with plenty of energy but no set goals can find themselves pursuing one opportunity after another without achieving success or the satisfaction of getting what they want out of it.

Someone with goals but no energy may find themselves wanting to achieve success, but not willing to do the amount of work that it actually takes to pursue their goals. These are the people that start projects and then quit when the work becomes too much or too hard.

Ambitious people use failures as learning moments to learn from their mistakes. Paul Allen started Microsoft alongside Bill Gates. The two had first started a business called Traf-O-Data, which failed. However, this failure didn’t stop nor get in the way of Allen and Gates pursuing their goals. Allen even said that “even though Traf-O-Data wasn’t a roaring success, it was seminal in preparing us to make Microsoft’s first product a couple of years later.” They used their previous failure to conduct their first success and turned that first product into the operating system called MS-DOS, the precursor to Windows, which is still commonly used in most personal computers today.

So imagine what you can do. The possibilities are only limited by your own imagination. You’re the only person who can put limits on your success. You can either be content and fulfilled with what you have or decide to want more for yourself and aim higher. Because if you shoot for the moon, if you miss you’ll end

Ambition isn’t a requirement for success for many people. In fact, many unambitious people would define success as something entirely different. To many people, success is accepting what life has to offer and making the most of it. However, for those who have a particular goal that they want to achieve, ambition is a MUST and absolute necessity. If you want to be the next CEO or billionaire, then you HAVE TO have “the desire to achieve something, or to succeed, accompanied with motivation, determination and an internal drive.”

18 of September

Let’s Live

By Alicia Brickey

“Life is a gift, accept it.

Life is an adventure, experience it.
Life is a mystery, discover it.
Life is a puzzle, solve it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life can be a struggle, face it.

Life is beauty, praise it.
Life is our opportunity, let’s take it.
Life is your mission, go and fulfill it.”

15 of September

The Wolf Mentality

By Alicia Brickey

The wolf is relentless. He never quits, trusts his intuition, and never looks back.
Be the wolf.
They have no respect for the status quo – never be mediocre.
They always have something to prove- always strive for more. 
They think for themselves- make your own decisions, and realize the consequences. 
They always want to learn more- desire intelligence. 
They know business is a sport- understand that it’s more than winning or losing.
They are problem solvers- critical thinking is key; discipline your intellect.  
They know they field their playing in –  be well versed so you can take control.

They are pathfinders – take leadership at any possible moment. 

They are always hungry- never give up on your passion.

15 of September

Dare to be GREAT.

By Rachael Markovic

Well the first step in the right direction according to Leo Babauta, is

“Starting by admitting that greatness doesn’t come from the distraction and busywork that often fills up our lives.”

In other words, you need to start by realizing that greatness doesn’t come from the distractions that often fill up our lives, but from the differences that we make in the world.

Now focus on how you can make a difference in your life.

Work- Consider your current position, which perhaps you’re already doing something that’s making a difference, but how can you refocus yourself on your work?

Improve- There is always going to be room for improvement. Someone is always going to be better at something, and someone is always going to want it more so it is up to you to better your own future.

Focus- Focus on the true path that lies in front of you. Set goals for yourself and then make it a plan to achieve them.

Compassion- Be the example of compassion around you.  For those of you who are business owners or managers, first, compassion and curiosity increase employee loyalty and trust.

“Research has shown that feelings of warmth and positive relationships at work have a greater say over employee loyalty than the size of their paycheck.”

Push- How often do you stretch your limits and test yourself? Push yourself past your limits. Some of the greatest accomplishments throughout our history are marked by our ability to push past incredible amounts of physical and mental pain in order to reach whole new heights and goals.

Serve- Reach out to a neighbor in need. Perform a random act of kindness. Mentor your communities children. Serve at a local soup kitchen. Donate to a good cause. Volunteer at a local animal shelter, clinic, or rehabilitation center.

Ideas- Don’t be afraid to have an idea. Whether it fits your current project or not, you can always transform the idea into something else later.

Persist- There will always be setbacks and failures as well as success and triumphs, but all of these bumps and obstacles are what makes being an entrepreneur great.

“Entrepreneurship is a labor of love, and like any great love, that often means a lot of passion and a lot of persistence to reach your happily ever after.”

The one ingredient you will always need for the journey of entrepreneurship is persistence. 

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men and women with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. -Calvin Coolidge


14 of September

What inspires you?

By Alicia Brickey

What inspires you? Inspiration is the foundation needed when creating anything spectacular. When someone is hit with a muse and step out of their comfort zone, amazing things can be created. However, finding inspiration in times of need can sometimes be challenging. If you ever find yourself lacking passion, the key to the gate holding back amazing ideas is not too hard to be discovered.

Reconnect with your dreams. In as much detail as possible, try to describe what you’re going to achieve one day. Sit down with a close friend, or open up to your journal. Use fiery adjectives that exemplify your excitement toward fulfilling your passion. Think of this dream in a new light, look at it in the perspective of a CEO, or an entry level trainee. Try to reconnect by thinking differently.
Get creative. Take a break from critical thinking and give your left side a break. Use the right hemisphere to get imaginative and hands on; creative writing, DIY crafts, finger painting, sculpting, or even pop in some headphones and listen to your favorite artist on repeat. Anything that will get those “creative juices” flowing.
Turn denial into drive. Let your fear fuel your passion and use reflection to build resilience. Take all your fears, reservations, and doubts and use them as tools that will build self-esteem. Be able to take from rejection, mistakes, and failure and use these experiences as a personalized guidebook; so when it comes to the “next time around”, you will be able to adjust and fix anything that will better execute your plan.
Give power to positivity. Always be mindful of destructive thinking. When out of your element, it’s easy to fall into a negative mindset. Turn phrases like “I’m never inspired” and “I always feel stuck” into jolts of positive thought by rethinking and rewording. Try a personal uplifting approach like, “Today’s the day I’ll be inspired” and “Today I will push!”. Check your thinking to protect your creativity, passion, and future. “Positive thinking evokes more energy, more initiative, and more happiness.”
At my first Fireside Chat, Chelsea Cooper and Alexa Rose Carlin spoke about the rewards and challenges that arise through becoming a female entrepreneur. A business owner or not, we are all faced with many trials and tribulations in life. It’s all about how we let those experiences mold us as human beings. Alexa Rose Carlin, a certified holistic health coach, motivational speaker, and founder of Hello Perfect, went into Septic Shock and was put in a medically induced coma in 2013. When waking up in the ICU, it wasn’t long before Alexa realized her life had changed forever. Upon understanding that she was no longer in control of her body, Alexa took complete control of her mind by envisioning a glowing pink light, filled with health and vitality, while the rest of her body was “dark, black, and rotten”. She imagined this light being pushed through her body, encapturing the decay, and not just bringing health, but light back into her life during this dark time. Today, Alexa is a Sepsis survivor and there’s no doubt that the power of her mind and positivity had an apparent role in her recovery. Alexa was able to find inspiration in a desperate time of need by building herself a tool that completely changed her mindset and created inspiration, which led her to success: the key component of triumph in entrepreneurship.

28 of August

Yellow Brick Road to Success

By Rachael Markovic

As a child, we dream of being something big or doing something great. How often do these dreams become our life goals? We’ve all heard about people “growing-out-of” childhood dreams but why haven’t we heard anything about “growing into” them.

Growing up, I have always carried an undeniable passion for animals, especially horses and dogs. I spent every single school break at a riding camp going every day trying to learn something new. As I got older, I started to educate myself in different ways… instead of getting my Sci-Fi novels I started reading farm management books and learned about floor plans and strategic management skills. I took my knowledge to the next level. I learned about different tactics and I began planning and drawing out my future.

After graduating highschool, I still wasn’t sure of what field I wanted to pursue. And many of us have faced this question growing up. “Who do you want to be?” Notice how it’s always changing. For me, there’s a wide range of animal related careers that interested me but which was the one? Finally, life happened and I didn’t go down the exact path I had planned, but in fact a better one. As I gained more experience in the work force, I started learning the business side of things which later helped me realize more opportunities.

Life has obstacles and each rock you hit on your road to success is just another brick on your yellow brick road to success.

21 of August

Love What You Do!

“The only way to do great work, is to love what you do.”

–Steve Jobs

Thank you for the quote Steve Jobs! It’s Monday and sometimes you need to remind yourself that you love what you do. Life can get a little crazy and we can forget that important fact. Especially on a day like today the first day back to school…bum bum bum. Good luck to all the parents and teachers!

The saying goes if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life. I believe that saying is partially true, because sometimes you need to work hard in order to get to that place that you love.  Working hard sometimes comes with sacrifice, and within that we forget the love that we have for our jobs. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither are most careers, business, and empires.

And then there are the people that just haven’t found what they love to do. Majority of American’s don’t love what they do, they just like it.

Within an article I found they sum it up perfectly.

“So if your boss doesn’t appreciate you, you’re underpaid, your company isn’t ideal…that can be OK, for now. They aren’t the key evaluators in your life. You are. Do your job well for YOU.
Even if you don’t like your specific work, or the work environment you are in, you can love the way you do it.” –Jim Bird


Don’t let the unhappiness or the lack of love for the job, take away from your success. There is a path that we lead, but it’s our choice to pave it. Make the most out of where you are and what you’ve got, because that drive can lead you to a future where you might just love what you do!

And for those who love their jobs here is how you truly know.

7 signs you love your job



Love is in the air. And in a lot of ways, job searching is almost like dating. You put yourself out there and it has to be at the right time. Then, it’s you like them. They like you. You interview. Repeat. That’s the cycle until you find your match. But once you do, it just might be everything you’ve been looking for.

Check out these seven signs that you’re totally in love with your job!

1) It’s the first thing you think about in the morning…

You’re one of the few people who actually doesn’t resent your alarm clock because you know it’s almost time to work. On most days you wake up before the alarm goes off, ready to tell your coworkers about your awesome dream where you came up with an improved way to get customers in the door.

2)…and the last thing you think about at night.

It’s always hard to sleep at night when all you want to do is get back into the office. But, you are also anxious to snooze because it means you are that much closer to going back into work.

3) You consider all your customers to be your Valentine, and wish you could give every one of them a gigantic teddy bear.

As an added bonus, your love for them shows and they are constantly telling your employer just how awesome you are.

4) You’re pretty sure your friends are jealous about how much you enjoy your job.

If there’s one thing you love to do (other than working), it’s talk about working. And everyone knows it. But, your enthusiasm and passion is so contagious that no one can get too annoyed with you.

5) You’ve never thought about even looking to see what else is out there.

Sure, other employers have made a move to get you on their team, but you’ve never given it a second thought. You know how good you have it and like your mom always told you, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

6) You can’t imagine life without your coworkers

Boyfriends/girlfriends come and go, but there’s nothing quite like that bond between coworkers…and your coworkers know how much you appreciate them. Your lemon bars are pretty legendary in the break room.

7) Nothing makes your day more than your boss telling you what a great job you’ve been doing.

Whether it’s a high-five, an employee of the month award or an awkward fist-bump, when you’re passionate about your job, your boss definitely takes notice. Just by loving your job you’ve impressed everyone with your work. There’s even a rumor going around that you will soon get your own parking-spot as they’ve ran out of accolades to give you.

Work never quite feels like work if you’re loving what you do, not to mention you’ll do a better job.


18 of August

How Much Are You Willing to Risk?

The saying goes without the risk there is no reward. Within business and life there are certain ventures we take and certain risks that are made to reap the rewards of that risk taken. How much are you willing or do you have to risk when it comes to your business?


The following are seven risks that every entrepreneur must take, from ideation to ongoing development:

  1. Abandoning the steady paycheck. …
  2. Sacrificing personal capital. …
  3. Relying on cash flow. …
  4. Estimating popular interest. …
  5. Trusting a key employee. …
  6. Betting on a crucial deadline. …
  7. Donating personal time (and health).


These seven risks can apply to so many other individuals. One individual in particular is myself! I was watching E! News last night and they were highlighting specific actors that took a big risk in their careers that paid off big time. I connected to this news right away because I am an actress and other’s may not realize this fact but we are our own business. When we take a risk, it can break or make our careers just like a startup company or major corporation. Sometimes risks don’t always pay off, but if you don’t make any then what are you doing with your life? Is it scary yes, but isn’t it scarier not trying when you know all the possibilities that can be had if you just take that risk. So when I go out on my next audition I will keep in mind George Clooney the man who left a show (ER) that started his career because he wanted more. He wanted to be in Films and that is exactly what he got, but if he had stayed who knows if George Clooney would be “George Clooney.” Next time you say this opportunity is too risky I better step away, think of George Clooney, Bill Gates, or Oprah! All are risk takers that haven’t always been successful with their risks, but they have taken plenty and reached that success. Each time you fall gives you a new opportunity to pick yourself up and say what’s next?

Be a risk taker, believe in yourself and what you want and just go for it!


16 of August

Pass on the Mentorship

By Brian Jacob

People often ask why I’m so willing to impart advice or give instruction when it’s not being paid for. Being a Consultant is part of the work I do, but being a Mentor is who I’m turning out to be.

Raj & I have created a culture where folks have access to our time. We teach each other, and everyone that wants our advice. As consultants, we do our best to steer you the right way, give you the pros and cons of each step, and create strategic partnerships for you. But for a few of our team members and friends, we can’t help but give it away. We just ask the same in return. It’s the easiest way to make sure your company is firing on all cylinders. A-Players teach & nurture B&C-Players, lifting them to excellence. They, in turn, feel inspired to grow and often learn new things to impart back to the team. Keeping all of us growing towards betterment. You see we learn 95% of what we teach others, so it’s also the sure fire way to obtain mastery.

I think we are all teachers in some way. We all find different ways to exercise that skill. I was mentored in a very “story teller” way. When I had issues in the company I worked in, the owner, who was my mentor would tell me a story. Just very random. After a few of these tales, I realized he was literally telling me what to do. I had to hear it, not just listen. I had to dissect it. He did not want it to be obvious. He wanted to make it as close to experiencing the real thing as possible.

So I’ve been mentored pretty well, and I’ve always stated I would owe my success to that Mentor. So it’s just natural that I feel indebted to pass it on. Ironically I mentor in the same way as my Mentor did… but in varying degrees. At times I have to state the obvious, or my patience runs thin. That’s no fault of my mentees, just a clear indication that I have some more learning to do as a mentor.

To mentor well, you need to dedicate time, find great folks to pass things onto, and set goals for them to attain. If they are not willing to learn, try what you teach, or execute at a high level, you could be wasting your time. Set goals for them to achieve in their specific business. If they are not willing to do so, they aren’t taking you seriously. You may also need to ask more than you answer. Allow them to obtain the answer by nudging them in the right direction, not by providing the answers.

Another main aspect to true mentorship is allowing or even encouraging failure. Allow them to make mistakes. If you’re not failing at something, you’re not trying hard enough to discover new skills or talents. Don’t let your mentees get comfortable. Push them to fail, and encourage them to persevere. Now, of course, a few things just won’t come naturally to some. It’s your job to realize that and move on to what’s next for them to learn.

But when it all comes together, and you see the progression, it’s an amazing feeling. There is this purity in seeing someone succeed without any direct benefit to yourself. It’s gratifying, and can often inspire you to continue working towards greatness.

As a mentee, you are never really done either. I’m actively on my hunt to find my next Mentor. We have so much learning to do, and so many have come before us with that knowledge and experience. As we age, there are better, faster, more efficient ways to do things. So if we take the time to listen to our mentees, we may learn a few things too.

At Collective Ventures, we’ve been fortunate to have mentors in almost every category. To that point, we’ve virtually created a teaching center. Every specialist teaches in collaborative meetings, brain storming sessions, hallway chats, coffee breaks or 1 on 1’s. We are so thankful to have put such a good group of folks together. And its relevance is being seen. Just recently, we’ve found ourselves in talks with Broward College to participate in their entrepreneurship program, mentor, and bring on interns that are ready to learn, absorb, and execute.

So go out there and find a mentor… then go pass it on!

15 of August

Be Inspiring

By Rachael Markovic

Can you imagine what it would feel like to be the spark to someone’s amazing idea or business start-up?   To be the person that made a big enough difference that you inspired something great in someone else.

Today, I ask you to do just that, “inspire someone.”

Whether it’s to be something better.

To be someone BIGGER.

To be someone HAPPIER.

Just be an inspiration and be someone GREATER.

10 of August

Overcome the Fear to Gain Success

By Amanda Ortega

Do you ever have a hard time saying what you want? Do you have moments where you question yourself so much that that you don’t bother asking the question? Or that you don’t make a move to avoid the possibilities of failure.

FEAR is the route to all of this. The minds power of making false evidence and making it appear to be real. When we assert ourselves to ask for what we want, and make a move rather than standing on the sidelines of our lives, and saying what we mean…that is when we can beat the power of fear. When we let fear creep into our minds we can stop ourselves from being successful weather it’s in a business or life venture. Thinking of failing before even beginning isn’t living, its adding negativity to a possibility and stopping it before it can become something, before you can become something.

How often does Fear stop us from achieving what we want within our lives and in our careers? Too often is the answer. We start over analyzing to the point where we don’t achieve the goals we’ve set for our future.

Below are two articles that will help you get out of your own way, and give you tips to beat the fear and become a success. Read them and let that fear go, and make those goals into a reality. The mind is powerful when fear is present, but its even greater with success and positivity in mind!

The 3 Things That Stop Most People From Achieving Their Goals
Identify and overcome these three obstacles to achieve any goal you set. By Chris Winfield, Entrepreneur


Diminishing Fear in the Workplace
By. Sally Stanleigh, COO of Business Improvement Architects


9 of August

Be great, not average.

By Rachael Markovic

Growing up my mom always told me that life isn’t just about succeeding. It becomes so much more when you start exceeding.

“If they say to do a mile, go an extra mile.”

Outshine what they expect.

She always said that life is full of complications, rough paths, and hard decisions but who comes out on top are those who are most successful and accomplished.

Who you become when you face each difficult situation with a brave attitude is this truly accomplished individual who has reached a whole other level of success.

Set high goals for yourself and face challenges with courage.

If you don’t aim too high, then you end up aiming too low. And if you aim too low, you’ll never end up moving forward.

Start looking towards the challenges that life gives you because there is a lesson in everything we do and if you start loving a good challenge, you will be out accomplishing great things.

Be a great. Not average.

Face your challenges with courage, not fear and when you’re told to do a mile, do an extra one because that’s what will set you apart from being “average.”



9 of August

Quote of the Day

By Amanda Ortega

“Know your worth. There are always more opportunities around the corner.”
-Amanda Ortega

Within your everyday routine, waking up, getting ready for work or if you have children getting them up and ready as well, then breakfast, and boom off to work and drop offs. Within the routine of life you forget something along the way, your worth. It’s an important question that we as either students, parents, or workaholics forget to ask ourselves, what am I worth? It’s a simple question that contains so much complexity.

We all do so much in life don’t forget to live it the way your worthy of doing so. Don’t forget that every opportunity you want can be achieved. Remember you are worthy of having a life filled with all of your hopes, dreams and aspirations met by working hard for them and not settling for less!

So if this quote has inspired you to question and think, take a chance on yourself and go for what you want no one else can do it for you. Be a risk taker, be worthy of more, and cease every opportunity given or earned and make the most out of them.

8 of August

The Grass is green where you water it.

By Amanda Ortega

You don’t realize what you have until you move to New York. Take it from me the wide-eyed actress ready to make it big in the Big Apple. What you don’t realize when you make the big move is what you’re leaving behind and how great that really is.

It took one year and the epic hustle that is the New York way to make me come to the conclusion, that I am a Floridian! It’s where my passions and creativity have steamed from and it’s where I started to make a name for myself. Leaving this incredibly humid sun filled oasis made me understand the fact that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

It’s necessary in life to make the most of what you have in your own backyard and Fort Lauderdale is an amazing backyard to live in despite the mosquitos. It’s filled with emerging businesses, creative minds, the arts, delicious food, and so much more. The endless opportunities that are right there in front of you, can be had if you just work hard enough for it. The hustle doesn’t only need to be in one city, it can be anywhere YOU make it happen.

7 of August


By Rachael Markovic

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

3 of August

Why Collective Ventures was needed

By Brian Jacob

In 2015, our Digital Agency had begun really working well with many companies that were relevant collaborators in the efforts to provide success to our clients. We would use various combinations of teams not central to DB Collective. Companies like SEO, PPC, Content Writers, Social Media, Photography, Videography, Public Relations, Coaching and even Legal. At one point I just said, we need to create a location that would unify all these companies in one space. This way the client has immense resources in one location, and can count on successful launches of their products or services because the companies would work well together.

So I set off on the journey of researching how this could be possible to create. And what other tools we may need to make the concept more viable, successful, and scalable. Raj & I had already been doing sweat equity investments into companies were the founder could not fully fund their projects. Some of them were doing well… really well. So we decided a formal accelerator would make sense. Why not? With the combined power of 24 companies all central to business success, the possibility of many of them working on your project with their primary skills, plus the bonus of all the mentorship that can be provided, these new startups would have a higher chance of success.

It is my belief that there are 5 core attributes needed for a successful startup.
-First you need a Solution to a problem…. but a problem many people have. Scalabilty is important. If your product helps 1000 people, it’s a great private tool but not a business.
-Next you need Knowledge. What have you learned that you can contribute to your solution, and it’s overall growth
-Next there is Experience. How have you executed projects before. Can you build and manage a team. Bring in sales?
-Next you need Courage. It takes a lot for an entrepreneur to become one. Leaving a comfortable job, or lifestyle is difficult.
-Lastly you’ll need Financing. It takes money to make money.

We hear of many talented employees that have put in 20 years in their business, and have figured out a better way. But a mortgage, kids in school, and other obligations create barriers for the “Courage and Finance” pieces to fit in. Or successful or wealthy entrepreneurs that want to jump into the next hot industry, but a lack of technical knowledge, or experience can inhibit their success. That’s were we can shine. Think of us as your very own talented, connected, and financially secure Co-Founder.

So we spent 1 year researching and building the plan, and about 1 year putting the entire 24 independent & non-overlapping companies together to build out our “Innovation Center” or “Business Mall.” Culture was key. For some categories we have over 200 applications. For others we did struggle to find the perfect match or teach them our concept so they would want to participate. Each company was handpicked by me to not only offer up their amazing service, but to be amazing partners on investments, the perfect collaborator on accounts needing that particular service, and most of all… amazing individuals whose integrity, loyalty, and humility shine brightest. We are a family here… and that’s why we work so well together!

But it just wasn’t done yet. We looked back and chose the main resource most startups need when they quit their jobs, or take the leap to work twice as hard and build a company while working their 9–5… a place to work. You generally have two options.
-Most folks jump right into a Coffee shop. Great starting space, and the fuel to keep you working hard. But not the best place to meet with potential clients, or for pitches. Privacy levels are the best, but again, it’s a great start. And some of the best businesses have started out being sketches on a cafe napkin.
-Second are Co-working spaces. A much better option, and many include coffee, and new friendships. They often have rooms for rent as well, but the barrier to entry can sometimes be steep. $150 -$1000 a month for seats with little collaboration or sustained friendships, or fixed resources. But it’s a brilliant option to get going if one can afford it.

So we set out to change that. Our “Community Co-Working” Space has 70 seats inside, and 40 seats outside, and it costs $0 to come in and work a full day. Gigabit internet speeds, and an amazing environment. We know many amazing businesses start from home. Well, think of us as home without the distractions… but with all tools needed to be successful. People may assume we are disrupting Co-working, but we’re just tweaking it for the betterment of the entrepreneur.

Our beautiful cafe is working with Switchbox Roasters for an amazing coffee experience, and will also serve Beer & Wine. 7 conference rooms available for rent for those private meetings. A much better and cost efficient jumping off point. But not only that, as a community they all have 24 business resources to tap into. As you continue to be a remembered face at Collective Ventures, the ventures will truly give back. In addition daily talks in our space will inspire you to get started on your project, engage in the arts, or even be a better version of yourself. With events such as business talks, speed leads, wine or scotch tastings, pitch events, entrepreneurial events, educational seminars, and more… you will truly help shape the arts and technology ecosystem here in South Florida.

Come in for a cup of coffee, enjoy the art & the talks, and you may leave with a business! -Brian


Collective Ventures: an Innovation center w/ 24 unique Creative & Technology companies, a Startup Accelerator & Investment Firm, and a Community Coworking Cafe located in a 7000 sq ft space in the Waverly Building on Federal(US 1) & Broward Blvd, in the heart of Downtown Ft. Lauderdale, FL, our Creative & Tech Innovation Center is the home of 24 Unique companies specifically chosen to help you. They are: Creative Agency, Web & Mobile Developer, Startup Advisor, Startup Accelerator (5 Million to invest), Accountant, Lawyer, SEO Firm, Adwords/PPC Firm, PR Firm, Photographer, Videographer/Media Agency, Content Writer, Lead Generation Firm, Email Marketer, Social Media Firm, Business Coach, Business Broker, Merchant Processing, HR & Payroll and Staffing Agency.

27 of July

Moving Forward

By Rachael Markovic

“Proceed like success is inevitable.”

Sometimes we are faced with obstacles that seem IMPOSSIBLE to get past but the biggest obstacle that you can face is yourself. If you keep telling yourself that you “can’t” do something, then you never will. Your attitude can be the very difference between what makes you a successful individual and what makes you a stressed out individual. Once you get past your mental blockage of “I can’t” you will see a way around every other problem and by solving through all of your problems you will achieve greatness. So my advice to you is…

Remain positive because if you do, no problem will seem too big to solve.


25 of July

Opportunity in the 21st Century

by Ariana McGuire

In this technologically advanced era that we are currently thriving in we are provided with all the opportunities to have access to several components which impact the growth of small businesses, business owners, freelancers, etc. Things such as collaboration, networking, and marketing have been streamlined by the advancements and use of social media, the web, and co-working spaces. A few statistics below highlight the ways in which social media marketing and the use of co-working spaces as a means of networking play a vital role in the growth of ones’ entrepreneurial career:

Social Media Marketing:
Business owners and freelancers have taken advantage of the ongoing influx of users on social media which has turned out to serve as a major platform for individuals and companies looking to market their brand, skills, or services. Statistics show that 84.7% of US companies with 100 employees or more used Facebook for marketing activities in 2015. That share is expected to rise to 85.8% in 2017. Putting this into perspective, companies have learned to rely on social media as a means of gaining exposure and even revenue through social marketing, advertisement, and networking. As of 2016, marketers spend about $8,300,000,000 a year using social media as a means of advertisement, 83% of businesses choose to invest in social media as a way to increase brand exposure, 69% to increase web traffic, and 65% to gain market insights. Though Facebook is highly important to marketers overall, LinkedIn is tops with B2B marketers—41% say it’s the most important network they use. 9% of marketers claim that effective use of social media can be directly linked to revenue.

Networking and Co-Working:
Small business owners and freelancers rely on networking opportunities which are essential in gaining exposure for ones’ skills, brand, and/or company. Traditional networking doesn’t always do the trick, but face-to-face networking is an interaction that has potential for great outcomes. Networking and co-working spaces go hand in hand and sometimes people look over this. Co-working spaces serve as the ultimate networking hub, people are able to have more authentic and easy-flowing conversations which ultimately lead to networking opportunities. Although technology serves as a crucial networking and marketing platform, there is nothing that compares to the power of face-to-face interactions. 77% of individuals’ state that they prefer in-person interactions due to the ability to read body language and facial expressions and 95% of individuals say that in-person interactions are essential for long-term business relationships. Co-working spaces provide the many opportunities to engage in those face-to-face interactions with individuals who may have the same or similar interests as you. 50% of individuals report higher incomes from working in a co-working space and 91% say they have more confidence while interacting with others after their co-working experience.

21 of July

Quote of the Day

By Rachael Markovic

Be wise.

Be kind.

Be brave.

And you will be loved.

-Rachael Markovic

21 of July

Member Highlight – Tiona Torres

by Ariana McGuire

Work-Flow! is a weekly segment where we highlight a chosen venture of our Creative and Tech innovation center. We highlight on the nature of the work accompanied by the flow that keeps it all going! This weeks chosen venture: Compass Partners.

The Work

First and foremost, briefly tell us what it is Compass Partners does as a whole, and also tell us a little bit about your role for Compass Partners.

My name is Tiona Torres and I work for Compass partners as their Client Services Manager. Compass Partners focuses on helping business more effectively reach their clients in a very crowded marketplace through the use of hero campaigns, digital marketing, advertising, and video production.

As Compass Partners client services manager, I focus on taking care of all of our clients needs once they come on-board. I take care everything from contracts to media buying, and everything in between.

What is the greatest strength you think you offer for Compass Partners?

I use my previous design experience and knowledge to apply it to my position here at compass partners, as working with a creative team and applying the creative techniques that I have learned throughout the years has been successful for both Compass Partners and myself. A part of my work that I find fulfillment in is media buying and accounting, two things compass partners sought out while looking for the right person to join their team.

What would you say are a few of the challenges in your chosen field?

The importance of taking the time to understand the mind of the consumer to best reach their needs, one of the challenges here is to find the best way to communicate the importance of this aspect to our clients. Also, getting businesses to truly understand the value of putting their customers needs before their own.

The Flow

What is your favorite quote?

“Mo’ Betta” -Ely Mondshein (Interpretation: That’s a good idea! Were going to find a solution and make it better!)

Best Life Hack?

Almost done with your Nutella? Drop some vanilla ice cream in that and revive it!

Best advice someone has ever given you?

Don’t sweat the small stuff, and stop trying to make things perfect.

Secret Talent?

I’ve sang since I was five!

3 Random Facts about you?

I love MMA & Boxing! I have 7 years of kungfu under my belt, HI-YAH!
I love to sketch
I love to dance to Latin music

20 of July

Success and Happiness

By Rachael Markovic

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – B.R. Hayden

Don’t be greedy with your success.

Remain humble and content and you will find ultimate happiness.

Most importantly, you will find peace.

18 of July

Week Recap

By Rachael Markovic

As we come closer and closer to finishing our Cafe, we’re hosting more and more events in our community co-working area. Last week, our space was transformed for three different events back-to-back!

On Wednesday, we shared a lunch with some fellow entrepreneurs from the Tower Club where they taught us about the different opportunities a membership has to offer and what it can do for us as a business.

We were honored to share the space with Planet Startup as they push to make a difference in the lives of many! Sam and Jerold helped some of us locals find out new ways that we can help with donations and by learning more about their non-profit organization. It was lovely to see the Space light up with joy, food, and music!

On Thursday, we were honored to share the space with Planet Startup as they pushed to make a difference in the lives of many! Sam and Jerold helped some of us locals find out new ways that we can help with donations and by learning more about their non-profit organization. It was lovely to see the Space light up with joy, yummy foods, and live music!

And on Friday, the CV family welcomed its newest members, Eldar Mata and James Baker, as our new accounting team! In order to “break-the-ice,” we hosted a lunch where each member not only introduced their company but three fun facts about themselves that we didn’t know. By doing so, we learned lots of interesting new facts about each other that definitely brought us closer together. We could hope to continue to grow as our team strives to help local businesses. Find out how we can help you!


17 of July

Wise Words to Live By

by Ariana McGuire

“Put your energy into building what is creative, valuable and empowering. And you won’t have to constantly fight against what is destructive and draining.”

Ralph Marston

7 of July

The Power Is Yours

By Rachael Markovic

People often find themselves afraid of what might happen and how things may affect their future as if someone or something else holds the power to determine what happens to them next. However, what they don’t realize is that the power lies within the palm of their own hands.

Man has willpower. Did you ever think why it is that we actually desire things and why we want to improve and do better? According to Jon Henley;

“Willpower is a mental muscle that you can train. Those who do so are more likely to lead happy and successful lives.”

Those who are able to train their willpower have better self-control and lead better lives because of it. Being able to balance yourself is important in not just success but mental health and finding peace in a life thats always going to fluctuate between being complicated and being great. This is why it’s important to find a way to keep calm through all of it.

6 of July

Working Hard for What We Love

By Rachael Markovic

Working hard for something we don’t really care about is called stress. We’re working towards something that’s not even a goal. So it becomes easier to see it as a “job” or “hassle.” But if we work hard for something that we love it’s called passion. When we’re passionate about something, we could put hours even days into it. Those are the ones that come up with the best solutions because they’re moving one step closer to their definition of success.

6 of July

Life and Opportunity

By Rachael Markovic

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

  • Charles R. Swindoll

Take action when an opportunity is presented. Don’t sit back in fear of what might happen, because one thing for sure is that if you don’t move, someone else will and you will quickly lose one of the few chances you have of  moving forward.

30 of June


By Rachael Markovic

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.


29 of June

Working Hard So You Hardly Work Later

By Rachael Markovic

Find something you genuinely enjoy,

perfect yourself at it,

and then go make a career out of it.

For those who do,

they find themselves hardly working a day of their life.

28 of June

The Product of Perseverance

by Ariana McGuire

What is it that leads us to becoming truly successful individuals in our lifetime? While there is no definite answer to this question, the journey seems to carry a very similar pattern consisting of hardship, commitment, and perseverance. And just as importantly, the ability to profoundly impact and inspire others. This being said, the journey to success is not an easy one, but it surely is a rewarding one.

At just 20 years old he presented himself at Collective Ventures, soon after, becoming one of the first members of our Innovation Center. He carried with him the journey that led him here and the drive to make anything happen. We saw in him, what he saw in himself and with that, Morris Laloshi was chosen as our SEO Firm, as Your SEO Guys.

Morris faced many challenges as an immigrant from Albania, the hardships he had to experience at a young age led him to strive to do whatever it took to become successful. In this case, at just 13 years old, it was gaining exposure on a website he had built for a family business his father had started. “When I was 13 my father started a cleaning company, It was 2010, and I decided I’d build his business website for him. I thought, if you build the website, they will come. But nobody did. I was getting frustrated” Morris shares with us in two articles written by the Business Journals and INC Magazine, where he was featured after gaining serious recognition for his successes as an immigrant. Shortly after, Morris discovered the power of Search Engine Optimization or SEO and how this was the driving source of traffic on a website. The journey that transpired soon after, was much more than he could have imagined.

He dived into the world of SEO but before starting his own SEO business, the first thing he did was “find some mentors” Morris explains, “I sought out people who were doing what I wanted to accomplish, and I asked them for help.” Morris puts much emphasis on the power of mentorship and how his mentors have profoundly influenced his successes, his 4 mentors being his father; Edmond Laloshi, Brian Jacob; Owner of Collective Ventures, Pastor Paul, and John David Perry; his martial arts instructor. Morris shares in a Collective Ventures article that “these 4 individuals have a tremendous amount of life and business experience which has greatly impacted and shaped Your SEO Guys.”

With the struggles he had to endure but the drive that told him to never give up, Laloshi’s success at just the age of 20 is the true product of perseverance. Just this month Morris’s story has gained a great amount of exposure being featured in INC Magazine, the Business Journals, and even the twitter page of Marcelo Claure, the CEO of Sprint, tweeting that he is “inspired by young immigrant entrepreneurs like Your SEO Guys!” followed by “commit to your goals and don’t give up!” Along with the hardships Morris has encountered came the accolades that he has received and the significantly profound moments he has experienced, Collective Ventures being one of those, as Morris shares with us in a previous interview. The Collective Ventures family is immensely proud and grateful to have Morris as a part of the Collective, where we will continue to inspire him in any way we can towards the eminent success that he is bound to encounter throughout his journey.

27 of June


By Rachael Markovic

Obstacles are those frightful things when you take your eyes off your goal.

– Henry Ford


23 of June

The Power Is Yours

By Rachael Markovic

People often find themselves afraid of what might happen and how things may affect their future as if someone or something else holds the power to determine what happens to them next. However, what they don’t realize is that the power lies within the palm of their own hands.

Man has willpower. Did you ever think why it is that we actually desire things and why we want to improve and do better? According to Jon Henley;

“Willpower is a mental muscle that you can train. Those who do so are more likely to lead happy and successful lives.”

Those who are able to train their willpower have better self-control and lead better lives because of it. Being able to balance yourself is important in not just success but mental health and finding peace in a life thats always going to fluctuate between being complicated and being great. This is why it’s important to find a way to keep calm through all of it.

22 of June

Challenging Yourself

By Rachael Markovic

Challenge yourself to do something that you couldn’t do before.

Learn a new skill.

Whether it’s learning how to cook or learning how to build a treehouse, master it.

And then put it to good use.

You’ll often find yourself feeling rewarded and pleased with the outcome.

20 of June

Aviation and Aerospace: Our $41 Billion Economic Engine

By Rachael Markovic

Home to three international airports and seven executive airports, South Florida is attracting more and more aviation and aerospace companies. “Miami International Airport was the top U.S. airport for international freight in 2016, with nearly 2.2 million tons of shipments,” according to Brian Bandell from the South Florida’s Business Journal.

With more than 1,800 aviation/aerospace firms and other supporting business thousands of pilots from all over the world gather in a center for flight simulation training in Miami. In Miramar, workers in a warehouse work to repair and maintain airplane parts. And on Biscayne Blvd, in North Miami Beach, a drone company diploma drones to survey and examine the hard-to-reach properties.

Added all together, this forms an industry of “more than 46,000 workers and an economic impact of over $41 billion in the tri-county region,” states journalist Brian Bandell. Statistics show that over the past five years alone aviation and aerospace employment has grown over 20% in each of the three counties. The average income in this industry ranges from $79,195 in Broward County to $94,082 in Palm Beach County, which is considerably more than the average local income.

9 of June

A Little Effort Can Lead to Big Results

By Rachael Markovic

“A little effort each day can lead to big results”

Sometimes it’s as easy as putting in just a little effort towards the bigger picture.

8 of June

Quote of the Day

By Rachael Markovic

The greatest pleasure in life is doing exactly what everyone said I couldn’t. – Rachael Markovic

7 of June

The Role of Semiotics in Advertisement

by Ariana McGuire

The science of semiotics is a crucial discipline in marketing as a means of communicating and conveying meaning. In advertising and branding, semiotics is a discipline that is heavily relied on in order to accurately convey a message.

Semiotics plays a vital role in the way we communicate in the world, and also the way we perceive things. When we see an advertisement we automatically begin to conceptualize ideas and thoughts based off of the way we perceive that particular message.

There are two very important aspects that come to create a sign. The signifier and the signified. The signifier is the physical existence of that sign, the characteristics which come to make up that sign, whether it be words, symbols,or phrases. The signified are the mental concept(s) and denotations based off of what we perceive and how we perceive it. Once we have perceived using our senses, we are then able to conceptualize based off of those senses. These methods are crucial in adding meaning and accurately conveying a message in advertisement.

Through the effective display of visual, verbal, and then performative aspects, companies are able to accurately reach out to consumers. The symbolic elements surrounding this can be everything from colors to text to logos and tag-lines.

The effective use of semiotics plays a very important role in the intricate processes encompassing the complex world of advertisement.

6 of June

One Common Goal

By Rachael Markovic

What makes you get up from bed in the morning?

Is it your kids? Perhaps, your dog. Maybe even your parents? How about for work?

Each and every one of us wakes up in the morning for hundreds of different reasons yet the underlying reason remains the same. We all share one common goal and that’s to be happy.

We go about our days trying to achieve one thing after the other in order to get one step closer to our long-term goal, happiness.

Some find happiness in their loved ones.

Others find it in materialistic objects

But we all want to find it.

5 of June

Words to Live by

by Ariana McGuire

Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers; the believers and the thinkers, those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.

Edmund Lee

2 of June

A Wise Man Once Said

by Ariana McGuire

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. Creation brings satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take organized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty.”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

2 of June

Desire Over Fear

By Rachael Markovic

“In order to succeed,

your desire for


should be greater than your fear of

failure.” – Unknown

I’m sure many of you have heard the phrase, mind over body. Well the statement above states something similar. It merely says that if you’re desire for success is greater than your fear of failure than your’e capable of overcoming any challenge or obstacle that comes your way and with that you learn to appreciate the success more and more as it gets harder and harder to achieve. This is how you achieve success.

1 of June

Working Hard for What We Love

By Rachael Markovic

Working hard for something we don’t care about is stress. 

If we’re spending our days putting effort towards something we don’t even wish to succeed in then we’re bound for failure. There’s no such thing as a successful outcome when the quality of the effort is poor.

Working hard for something we love is passion. 

There is no limit on what we are WILLING to do when we’re passionate about something. Whether it’s a project, a person, or a job, we’re willing to put in hours or even days if necessary to make sure we receive the best outcome.

31 of May

Pass it on

by Ariana McGuire

Passing on knowledge is a pivotal aspect in inspiring others to be great and do great things. Sharing knowledge is not only valuable for the one who is being taught, but just as valuable for the one who is sharing it. The value of sharing the knowledge one has acquired is often overlooked, when really what we learn day to day is best ingrained in our brains when it is put into practice by being taught to someone else.

William Glasser, an American psychiatrist, once said “We learn 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we discuss, 80% of what we experience, 95% of what we teach to others.”

Whether you have gained a plethora of knowledge throughout your life or have just learned something new today, to utilize this knowledge in the most successful way possible…pass it on.

30 of May

Stirring Men’s Souls with Greatness

By Rachael Markovic

“Big dreams create the


that stirs men’s souls to


-Bill McCartney

26 of May

Wise Words to Live By

by Ariana McGuire

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t–you’re right.”

Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company

“Don’t be a lone wolf. Lean on the experience and smarts of your teammates, investors, and mentors to help solve the tough problems and take advantage of the opportunities.”

Seth Bannon, founder and CEO of Amicus

“If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful.”

Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman of eBay

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”
Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of Dropbox

“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.”

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

26 of May

The Secret of Living a Life of Excellence

By Rachael Markovic

It is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence.

It is a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.

“We are what we do. 

Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

25 of May

Simple Disciplines

By Rachael Markovic

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” – Jim Rohn

Learning how to manage your time is important when trying to succeed. You need to be able to prioritize things from A being the most important to C being the least urgent. Some people find it easier to use numbers to rank the importance of their daily tasks while others, such as myself, use the alphabet.

Time management can often be a difficult to learn especially with today’s technology providing us with so many distractions. But it can be the very thing that determines who gets hired over who.

24 of May

Seeing it through

by Ariana McGuire

As we move forward through the plethora of things life puts before us it can sometimes be difficult to see all things through. Our truest goals, desires, and passions may be put on the back burner while focusing on our day job which provides us with life’s necessities.

The perseverance we must acquire in order to see it through will determine if we will keep at it until we achieve whatever it is we wish to achieve, or not. The desires and passions we envision so clearly can soon become a mixture of stress, confusion, and even the feeling to give up, while juggling the many responsibilities we have day to day.

If there is one thing I have learned it is that you must see it through for as long as it may take, in order to make your vision a reality. The moment you decide to move forward with optimism, despite the hurtles you may encounter, to soon enough finding yourself attaining bits and pieces of your desires, is the moment you will understand the truth and importance behind seeing it through.

22 of May

Wise Words to Live By

by Ariana McGuire

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

Paulo Coelho of The Alchemist

18 of May

Putting In Effort

By Rachael Markovic

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” —Og Mandino

The amount of effort we put in determines the quality of the work. You can’t expect to put in half the effort and time and still get the best outcome. It takes hard work to achieve success. With that hard work includes long days and sometimes stressful nights but the price of accomplishing something great is a small price to pay if it means living having accomplished my goals.


17 of May

Creative Insight

By Ariana McGuire

“It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and, yes, beauty to people’s lives.”

Don Norman

“The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic ‘right-brain’ thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t.”

Daniel Pink

“Above all, think of life as a prototype. We can conduct experiments, make discoveries, and change our perspectives. We can look for opportunities to turn processes into projects that have tangible outcomes. We can learn how to take joy in the things we create whether they take the form of a fleeting experience or an heirloom that will last for generations. We can learn that reward comes in creation and re-creation, no just in the consumption of the world around us. Active participation in the process of creation is our right and our privilege. We can learn to measure the success of our ideas not by our bank accounts by their impact on the world.”

Tim Brown

16 of May

The “Younger Generation”

By Rachael Markovic

My whole life I’ve been told what I can and can’t do because of my age. Limits have been set and expectations have been lowered.  For some reason, the older generations took on the belief that respect comes with age. But it’s my belief that respect should be earned and given despite of age.

Some may still say that a young person couldn’t possibly know what life is about but perhaps in my young years I’ve seen more than you may have  experienced in a lifetime.

I honestly believe that if I can carry myself like well-succeeded adult than why should I face the challenge of “being young.” In fact, why is “being young” such a bad thing? If anything being “young” allows me to be faster and more efficient in my prime years than others who may face difficulties with learning new things such as new technological advances.

So yeah, I’m young but look at where I’m at.

Look at what I am doing with my life.

Then look at yourself and tell me that I haven’t earned my place.

Stop looking at a person and choosing to define them by their age.

Instead of asking “how old are you?” Start asking the right questions like “Who are you?” and “What are you made of?”




15 of May

A Wise Woman Once Said

By Ariana McGuire

“Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

12 of May


By Rachael Markovic

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.

12 of May

Networking Tidbit

by Ariana McGuire

The thought of networking and attending networking events can be a scary thought for many, walking into a room which is slowly being filled with unfamiliar faces not knowing who to approach or in what way. But with some confidence and a mind at ease, you too can shine in these social settings.

Not everyone is a social butterfly and sometimes it takes a little more for someone to break out of their shell to feel comfortable in these settings. There are a few things to be mindful of, along with knowledge gained from previous experiences, which can allow you to slowly grow into the networking professional that you wish to be.

While networking is the act of creating professional connections with the goal in mind to broaden your professional circle and build lasting relationships which can ultimately serve as a strong tool for your career, its okay to approach networking settings with a more relaxed mindset, this can allow conversation to flow more with ease. While it is important to always remain professional, there is something more comforting in having a conversation with what seems to be more of a common man rather than the intimidating business executive.

Although we may attend these networking events or immerse ourselves in these social settings with the main goal in mind to create more business and/or gain exposure for our chosen venture, we have to realize that along with that being your goal, that is also the goal of the many others in that same room. When we approach these situations without the main intent being to come on so strong with our own personal goals and desires, but rather take interest in the goals and desires of those around you, we can create a more genuine interaction and a genuine attraction which can lead us to creating these long lasting relationships that we are seeking.

You may be thinking, why would I go to a networking event and take more interest in another individuals goals rather than my own. I’ll tell you my take on it, this shows that you are somewhat genuine, a quality that not many hold. The ideal person that you would want to involve in your professional circle will most likely take notice of this and be humbled by your selflessness. This shows character, which is more valuable than your professional title, and more than anything, this shows that you are not just thinking about yourself and your own desires.

10 of May

Wise Words to Live by

by Ariana McGuire

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours…. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

Henry David Thoreau

8 of May

A Wise Woman Once Said..

By Ariana McGuire

“Don’t follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength, and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you!”

Ruby Bridges

5 of May

With One Goal In Mind…

By Rachael Markovic

Today I want you to dedicate the entire day to achieving one goal… inspire someone.

Inspire a stranger.

Inspire a friend.

Inspire someone to do something great.

Inspire others to share kindness.

Learn to spread the love through the use of words and actions that inspire the same kind of love in strangers all over the world.

4 of May

What is Collective Ventures About?

By Rachael Markovic

It’s about creating endless opportunities for companies to excel and grow.

3 of May

Success in Sales

by Ariana McGuire

There are a handful of skills that top sales professionals put their time and efforts into mastering in order to use effective yet personable techniques to build sales relationships to ultimately solve a problem that a client has. Successfully mastering and channeling ones interpersonal skills and the ability to be persistent while remaining patient can go a long way in the world of sales, sometimes a lot further than some may think.

Interpersonal Skills:
When breaking the ice, its important to let your interpersonal skills shine. Remember, despite this being business, you will find more success in making friends, not strangers. In finding a common ground, you can better relate to the customer, and vice versa, creating a more personable relationship to build upon. The one thing that some sales professionals may forget is that it is not all about you. Taking an honest interest in what the potential client wants is crucial, when they notice that you genuinely care about their desires and needs rather than just your own, they may be more eager to open up and see things through with you. “70% of buying experiences are based on how the customer feels they are being treated”, the individual wants to be heard and more importantly, understood, just as you do. The best way to let your interpersonal and communication skills flow is in social settings, “73% of salespeople using social selling as part of their sales process outperform their sales peers and exceeded quota 23% more often.” Social settings often create a more relaxed atmosphere, allowing one person to better highlight on what it is they need and the other person to highlight on their desire to make it happen.

In sales, persistence pays off. “80% of sales require 5 follow-up calls after the meeting but 44% of sales reps give up after 1 follow-up, 72% stop after the second contact and 84% give up on a prospect after the third contact.” People have to realize that only about 2% of sales happen in that first call, being patient yet persistent will go a long way. Studies show that of the 10% of salespeople who make that fifth call 80% percent of sales are made after that fifth sales call. It is crucial that instead of giving up quickly, we learn to be patient and professionally persistent instead.

Identify the problem. Be Patient. Solve it.
Using the psychology involved in close attention to detail will help you when building a client relationship and being able to truthfully identify the problem that the individual has. “Only 13% of customers believe a sales person can understand their needs.” Why is this percentage so low? One of your first goals in building a solid client relationship should be to genuinely seek out the clients needs, not for your own desire to close a sale, but for their desire for you to understand them. Identifying the problem, being patient, and finding the most successful ways to solve the problem will lead you to building a strong relationship to grow upon.

Practice Makes Perfect:
The old saying that practice makes perfect is indeed true, “continuous training gives 50% higher net sales per employee.” In sales, the act of continuously practicing and refining the way you approach potential clients has the ability to create a confident sales person, people want to know they are secure with you and your abilities to get the job done, this will show through your confidence. “It takes 10 months or more for a new sales rep to be fully productive”, individuals must be willing to see it through in order to be a fully productive sales person. Practice and refinement is key in becoming the successful sales person you strive to become.

28 of April

SpotMini – Boston Dynamics

by Ariana McGuire

“SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm.) SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built. It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation. SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance.”

Boston Dynamics

25 of April

The Road to Success…

By Rachael Markovic

The road to success is always under construction as we are always finding new inspiration in the world around us. We keep finding new motivation to succeed, whether it’s for yourself or for someone else. Some may have a loved one that they need to succeed for, while others are merely ambitious individuals who strive to be the best. Either way both have similar goals. Both want to succeed.

The paths that they take my be different and some may lose and forget the whole reason they’re fighting to be the best. It’s important that you don’t lose sight of the reason for your success, otherwise you’ll find yourself wondering what is was all for.

24 of April

Insight – Saul Bass

by Ariana McGuire

“Design is thinking made visual.” said from a man who some will say revolutionized graphic design, also a talented Academy Award-winning filmmaker, known best for his design of motion-picture title sequences, film posters, and corporate logos.

Wise words from Saul Bass:

“The most stimulating source for a solution to a problem comes from the problem itself. This is the real source—the problem defines the solution. It is when you look at what other people are doing that you are liable to come up with a stereotyped answer to your problem. Each problem contains unique elements. No problem is exactly like any other. The only way you can find a good answer is to clearly understand the question. You can’t find the answer by using somebody else’s answer to another question. I am not even saying this is bad. It is merely untrue. It is not so much a moral issue. It just doesn’t work!”

21 of April

Principles and Purpose

by Ariana McGuire

These are some important words taken from the book “Take a Stand for Your Brand” written by Tim Williams, focused around the principals, techniques, and practices involved in building a great agency brand from the inside out.

“If you focus on principles, you empower everyone who understands those principles to act without constant monitoring, evaluation, correcting, or controlling. Principles have universal application. And when these are internalized into habits, they empower people to create a wide variety of practices to deal with different situations.”

Said by Stephan R. Covey which was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker.

Another valued set of words were said by an individual who built one of the most successful business enterprises in history, Dee Hock, the founder of Visa International. Who states:

“Your organization needs to be absolutely clear about purpose and principles. If the purpose and principles are constructive and healthy, then your organization will take a very different form than anything that you ever imagined. To the degree that you will hold purpose and principles in common among you, you can dispense with command and control. People will know how to behave in accordance with them, and they’ll do it thousands of unimaginable, creative ways. The organization will become a vital, living set of beliefs.”

20 of April

Always Remember..

By Rachael Markovic

If you write down a date for your dream,

that date becomes a goal.

If you break down a goal into steps it then becomes a plan.

A plan backed by action makes


Always remember that only you can do this for yourself.

18 of April

Quote of the Day

By Rachael Markovic

Do something today that you’ll thank your future self for doing.

17 of April

Who You Are
Who You Want to be

by Ariana McGuire

As we progress, develop, and move forward in life through our experiences and the knowledge gained through these experiences, we are able to gain somewhat of a sense of purpose in our lives. A better understanding of who we are now, and possibly, who we want to be in the future. It is important that we keep in mind a few things as we develop into the successful individual we strive to be.

You can always start over, and start over again. It is normal to encounter many hurtles involving confusion and uncertainty as we climb the success ladder. We decide on things which we soon find does not suit our lives whether in the moment or in the future, but we wouldn’t have come to find this unless the decision was once decided upon. We consider these decisions to sometimes be “mistakes”, although looking at it from a growth perspective, these decisions shape who we are and who we become in the future. These decisions lead us from one place to another, maybe an unexpected opportunistic place. Although, if your decisions happen to lead you to a place where you are not thriving as the best version of yourself, you are capable of starting over, and over again. The ability to make decisions gives us the ability to start new so that we can discover the better parts of our self. While it is easier said than done, it is absolutely possible to start over, and start over again.

Do not be afraid to try and to fail. This is a crucial aspect of self-growth, something we must always keep in mind. I can’t stress enough how much this can affect someone who reaches success and someone who is right on the brink of success. Some of the greatest individuals have stated themselves that the key to reaching that remarkable point of self-understanding is through the ability of losing the fear of trying and failing. If we take a look at some of the greatest individuals who have lived and created history, they all have a story to tell which comes from repeatedly trying, and failing. If we do not try and fail, we simply do not develop and grow, we do not appreciate nor understand.

Through the hurtles we encounter, through the changes we make, through our efforts and our failures we find the greatest versions of who we are and who we wish to become. Being mindful of these few things while climbing the ladder to success plays a pivotal role in the understanding of ourselves and our purpose(s) in life.

14 of April

Ingredients to Success

By Rachael Markovic

What leads to success?

What do I need to do to be considered “successful”?

Inspire greatness in others.

Set goals to work towards.

Motivate those who surround you.

Lead by example.

Mentor your followers.

Don’t forget that no one can climb to the top without team work.

Have vision.

And most of all, don’t forget to teach those who want to learn the way you achieved your goals, for these are the closest listeners and most eager learners that make that best students to mentor and impact.


14 of April

A Wise Man Once Said..

by Ariana McGuire

“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”

George Herbert

13 of April

Exceeding Expectations

By Rachael Markovic

Every person has something that is expected of them just how I am expected to fail just because of the superficial standards that society creates for us. A blonde can’t think, a model can’t be nice, a girl can’t play video games, etc. But when did these standards suddenly start to matter?

Imagine the moment you broke free of other people’s opinions and went beyond what was expected of you? In this moment you will not only impress  those around you but you gain the respect of other individuals who couldn’t even doubted your work at first.

In this world there are two types of people; the kind that have a drive to exceed expectations and the kind that are willing to meet the bare minimum requirements. It’s up to you to decide whether you’re ambitious enough to go the extra mile and achieve the success that the bare minimum people will only get to dream about.

12 of April

Design and the Mind

by Ariana McGuire

The way a space is designed can both consciously and subconsciously influence the flow of ideas and thoughts for each individual and their specific interests. An artist might be drawn to a space designed with mid century antiques, late 19th century paintings, and an industrial flair while a mathematician might go for a cleaner space, constructed with sharp lines and a minimalistic finish. Whatever it is that interests you, let your space or the places you go, be a place that motivates and drives your thoughts and ideas.

10 of April

Words to Live By

by Ariana McGuire

“I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward.”

Fridtjof Nansen

7 of April

A Wise Man Once Said..

by Ariana McGuire

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”

Ernest Hemingway

6 of April

The Importance of Proper Communication

By Rachael Markovic

I can’t stress enough how important language is when communicating with people. It can be the very thing that determines your place in someones mind. Whether you’re meeting your best friend for coffee or speaking with your future boss, having eloquent speech is of the upmost importance. When we speak, we’re using the sound of our voice to communicate a language between you and the other person that allows a certain understanding to take place. It enables to the other person to grasp the idea you’re trying to explain. People like being understood and listened to. If you show that you have grasped the idea they’re trying to express it will help move the conversation forward. In business situations, these moments are crucial in determining whether the company is right for your needs. How can you expect a creative team to capture and create an image without being able to describe it first? It’s impossible. The image has to be expressed in a way that allows the creators to envision it and then transform this thought into reality.

5 of April

You too, Have the Power to Change

by Ariana McGuire

As human’s we tend to become comfortable in the ways that we choose to live, make decisions, and go about things. We are continuously acquiring habits which bring comfort to our individual styles of living. We can often mold our tendencies and habits based around situational factors, which can sometimes lead us to picking up habits that can leave an impact on us in the long run.

Why do we acquire these habits in the first place? Whether negative or positive, individuals tend to acquire habits based off of our desire to find routine, structure, and comfort. To bring order to our lives, or on the opposite spectrum, chaos. As time passes, these habits can slowly become so ingrained in our way of living that our day to day lives can be affected by them.

Caught between comfort and the fear of changing, when we allow ourselves to depend on these habits as a means of gaining comfort we don’t realize the affects it can have on our personal growth. Despite these routines having the ability to negatively affect and influence our lives, we deeply fear changing these ways because of the comfort it has brought to us, and the normality that it has become.

This fear of changing our ways that we have grown accustomed too can be detrimental to our growth and our opportunities of a better life. While it is easier said than done, once we are able to come to terms with the fact that we have the ability to choose, we realize that the power of change is in our hands. We have the opportunity to mold our lives based off of our decisions and the ability to change. We should not fear this change, but rather look at it from an opportunistic perspective. Breaking ties with the habits and comforts we choose to acquire can be difficult, but our ability to choose determines the nature of either a positive or negative lifestyle. Once you have come to the realization that it is entirely up to you to make the decisions which have the ability to positively enhance and improve your life, you too, have the power to change.

4 of April

Quote of the Day

Shared by Rachael Markovic

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts”

Eleanor Roosevelt

31 of March

Meeting Different People

By Rachael Markovic

Living in a country so multi-cultural brings many opportunities such as an insight on the hearts of the cultures that make our country unique and the creative minds of the millions of people who run it. This really gives us a chance to learn the way that they communicate, how they work, what they believe in, and finally develop an understanding of how they think.

Proven over and over again through ages of scientific experimenting and natural occurrences, we know that in order for any species to survive and grow they must learn and adapt to the challenges the world brings. Its our job to learn from what is given to us and what’s given to us is a “melting pot” that not only welcomes different cultures but continues to push people together.

29 of March


By Rachael Markovic

Creativity is inventing, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. – Mary Lou Cook

28 of March

“Breaking” News for the City of Fort Lauderdale

By Rachael Markovic

Our city’s tallest tower just broke ground with condos starting at $800,000 designed by Simeone Deary Design Group and Bob Martin of Decorators Unlimited.

The mixed-use tower is located at 100 Las Olas and will rise 499 feet in 46 stories. It will have 121 condos and 238 rooms in the Hyatt Centric hotel. Sizes will vary from 1,501 square feet to 2,964. The project on East Las Olas Blvd will also have “8,500 square feet of restaurants and retail on the ground floor, plus separate pool decks for the condo residents and hotel guests” according to South Florida’s Business Journal.

The drive behind the project was the increase in demand for the desired area of Downtown Ft. Lauderdale with its growing cultural diversity, employment, fine-dining, world-class shopping, and incredible performing arts venues. It makes a fine location for anyone attracted to the allure of our city’s lifestyle.

The project is due to be done in fall 2019.

We hope that this construction project will help generate and create not just new homes but new jobs and new opportunities for the families and residents of Fort Lauderdale.

27 of March

A Wise Man Once Said..

by Ariana McGuire

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

Thomas Edison

24 of March

Think about this..

by Ariana McGuire

As we continue to grow as individuals who work simultaneously in society with a greater drive to inspire one another to think and to do, we are able to influence the ongoing creation of idealists and visionaries. As individuals come together to fulfill their desires to create, invent, and inspire, we often wonder what it is that holds these powerful visions and creations together through the process. Collaboration. Collaboration plays a pivotal role in the evolution of thinkers, inventors, and creators.

Collaboration is the heart and soul of brilliance which gives individuals the ability to work synchronously with one another to analyze, influence, and enhance ideas. Without the ability to collaborate, an idea may only be half as good as its true potential. Those who share the desire to contribute to the greatest potential of a whole symbolize the true gravitas of collaboration.

22 of March

A Wise Woman Once Said..

by Ariana McGuire

“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”

Amelia Earhart

21 of March

Letting Go

By Rachael Markovic

People often make the mistake of mixing up what they WANT with what they really need. In life, knowing the difference between having the desire for something and needing it can determine just how much you will grow.

Sometimes it can be just as simple as knowing when something isn’t going to work and accepting reality sooner than later will benefit you by preparing you for the baggage it comes with. Knowing when to let go of the rope can very much determine life from death in certain situations but in business or even our personal lives it could determine whether you make $20,000 or $200,000 or in a personal matter, it can determine the future of your relationship with someone.

17 of March

Quote of the Day

By Rachael Markovic

“We often mistake that success is the result of the amount of time we put in but not even consider that it may in fact be from the QUALITY of the time we put in. You can spend hours doing something but if you aren’t doing it with any effort than you aren’t actually getting anywhere.”

17 of March

A Wise Man Once Said..

by Ariana McGuire

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”

Henry Ford

15 of March

Venture Highlight – SEO Guys

by Ariana McGuire

SEO Guys

Venture Highlight is a weekly segment where we highlight a chosen venture of our Creative and Tech innovation center!

1. First and foremost, what is SEO?
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It is the act of optimizing your website so that it organically appears at the top of the search engines, I.e.: the first page. Through SEO, we use methods and strategies that ultimately will gain exposure, increase revenue, and create brand awareness.

2. Where did the idea for your business venture begin?
The idea for SEO Guys began when I began working on building websites, soon to discover that the websites were not appearing on the first page, after some research I found SEO and it all began after that.

3. Would you say SEO significantly helps to gain exposure, increase revenue, and create brand awareness? Why?
Yes, it absolutely does. By being on googles first page you are getting found by hundreds of local customers, looking for the services you have to offer.

4. How do you market your business?
I use SEO for my website and LinkedIn has been great for marketing. I try and attend a few networking events from time to time, but much of my business has been inbound.

5. How have you gotten most of your clients?
Oddly enough, referrals. Followed by SEO for the SEO Guys website, and then LinkedIn.

6. Whom do you seek advice from for your business? Why?
My 4 mentors are: My father; Edmond Laloshi, Brian Jacob; Owner of Collective Ventures, Pastor Paul, and John David Perry; my martial arts instructor. These 4 individuals have a tremendous amount of life and business experience which has greatly impacted and shaped SEO Guys.

7. How do you gain a successful client base in SEO?
Communication and amazing results. Amazing results are often hard to describe and prove. But I provide monthly documents that outline exactly what has changed, whats been done, and how it impacts the client.

8. Tell me about a significantly profound moment that happened for SEO Guys? Why?
Collective Ventures, without a doubt. We were able to provide clients with all the resources and tools to enhance their own business and SEO Guys grew significantly with the mentor-ship given to our business. When I am able to give a client a graphic update, a landing page adjustment, new headshots & photography, the client is all the more likely to be a long standing customer.

9. What is the greatest strength of SEO Guys?
Being a part of the most exclusive SEO groups in the world, which provides me with education about our craft. Things change constantly, and without my groups and our constant desire to learn, our services would be left second to others. So at SEO guys we pride our selves in the knowledge of  ever changing SEO techniques.

10. What are your company goals for 2017?
For SEO Guys to become one of the most notable SEO companies in Ft. Lauderdale, and the Broward County.

13 of March

A Technological Revolution

By Ariana McGuire

With the complex advancements in technology over the past decade we have reached an outstanding point in what we could call our fifth and most extreme technological revolution.

According to Bill Gates from the Code Conference 2016 in Southern California, the “AI dream is finally arriving” – and that it is. Despite the concern surrounding the great possibility of robots outsmarting their makers. Would this be considered a dream? If we are not careful it can soon enough become our worst nightmare.

In the next decade we could expect things like keeping up with text messages and notifications to be managed by what Gates calls “alter-ego software” which will present to you only what it thinks you will find valuable based off of new information taken from personal interests. We have made enough progress in technology to expect similar processes to be streamlined by machinery.

Artificial intelligence is expected to play a pivotal role in our society, striving towards things such as filling positions for driving and warehouse jobs. If we do things right, in the beginning, the AI will not be extremely intelligent, but instead do more jobs for us. As we move forward a few decades into the future and AI becomes smarter, it can become a concern for humanity. Although the concern is far into the future, it will be extremely important how we choose to handle and manage these advancements in technology so we can continue progressing into further-advanced technology-driven generations.

10 of March

Friday Tidbit

by Ariana McGuire

Startup accelerators are one of the most powerful resources that provide mentor-ship crucial for reaching success. Monumental success is rarely reached without some sort of mentor-ship. Aside from providing a plethora of knowledge and guidance, these incubators are a go-to source for young entrepreneurs to get entirely familiar with the world of business. Startup accelerators provide a strong platform for young entrepreneurs to build their success and future upon.

8 of March

A Wise Man Once Said..

by Ariana McGuire

“If you want the cooperation from humans around you, you must make them feel they are important, and you do that by being genuine and humble.”

Nelson Mandela

7 of March

How local startups aim to conquer the industry…

By Rachael Markovic

To be a successful entrepreneur in this world, it is often believed that you must aim high or “reach for the stars,” as some may say. But setting the goal and executing a plan to accomplish it are two separate things.

In Dania Beach, a team of 700 people work to accomplish one thing, being “the largest pet retailer in the world,” says Ryan Cohen, the 31-year old CEO of Chewy.com, a fast-growing e-commerce company offering nearly 30,000 pet products to 3 million customers nationwide.

Cohen and Michael Day, the company’s chief technology officer, founded the company in 2011. Chewy fuels its own growth by investing in value propositions aimed at attracting and retaining customers. According to South Florida’s Business Journal, “Chewy illustrates that it’s possible to prioritize long-term market presence over short-term earnings.”

6 of March

Accept, Embrace, and Grow – Constructive Criticism

by Ariana McGuire

There are many times in all of our lives when someone will tell us something about ourselves that we might not want to hear. Something we rather look past and disagree upon, something we rather argue and shrug off, rather than accept, embrace, and grow from.

Now, I am not stating that what everyone may say as a means of trying to give “constructive criticism” is true, it may just be an opinion, although we can learn a lot about ourselves from a different perspective through the constructive criticism that is given to us from the people surrounded by us.

Constructive criticism is something that for most of us, is a hard pill to swallow. How could something good possibly come out of being told that what we’re doing could be better? Surprisingly, there is a lot of good that can come out of this. As human beings, we tend to think greatly of ourselves and the choices we make, whether that be in school, the workplace, in social settings, etc. We hope and expect that the greatness we see in ourselves and in our work, will be rewarded and praised through the accolades and/or feedback we receive, though this may not always be the case. There are many times where instead, we receive the constructive criticism we may have not expected or wanted to hear. It is then that we must make a conscious decision to put our ego aside, despite the hours you spent on that project or the sleepless nights it took you to perfect something. It all comes down to the ego, the ego is what some may think helps us be the ambitious person we strive to be, unaware that the ego can be highly detrimental to self-growth.

In many cases, individuals will choose to reject constructive criticism, choosing to stick with what we think or believe instead because of our attachment to our ways. We think to ourselves, “but I’ve been doing this for so long and it has worked, how could it possibly be better? Why do I need change?” In reality, things can always be better, and we can always be a better version of ourselves. But that is entirely up to us and the conscious decision we make to put the ego aside. When we choose to accept, embrace, and grow from our flaws and what could be our old ways, we will then open doors and opportunities to the best version of ourselves that we never thought existed.

3 of March

A Psychological Technique Tidbit

by Ariana McGuire

Some of the best salespeople have mastered using the power of emotion to influence and enhance sales and marketing techniques. These psychological components play a vital role in how consumers are greatly influenced by a company’s marketing strategies.

Emotional and psychological appeals have been studied to resonate more with consumers than per say function or feature appeals. Salespeople and marketing professionals have grasped a deep understanding of the Importance and power of emotional appeals.

Emotion seems to go hand in hand with honesty, being that emotion is honest in itself, something that consumers themselves can relate too. Emotional ideas and concepts have a greater psychological influence when it comes to the nature of human psychology and human behavior. Applying these emotional ideas as a means of impacting consumers is a necessity when it comes to mastering the art of psychological strategies in marketing.

2 of March

Emotions Within Memories

By Rachael Markovic

This morning, I was on my way to work and I noticed how many semi-trucks were on the highway. Looking left and right, I saw an endless amount of eight-wheelers swallowing the roads as they roar by shaking your windows. Watching as they passed by I had suddenly recalled an old memory from my past back when my brother and I were just two kids sitting in the back seat of mom’s black explorer trying to get every truck driver we passed by to honk his horn. Doing the “Choo-Choo” hand motion, we watched as they pulled on that long string and honked their roaring horns. I remembered feeling the windows shake and how my mom laughed and smiled with the widest grin on her face. This was on of my purest memories and remembering the smile on my mothers face that day made the memory that much stronger. I found myself grinning just reflecting on the memory. This shows the strong emotional influence that memories have on us as well as how important the simple moments in life are. Whether it was a memory of you fishing with your grandpa, or the moment you won the game with your team, they both leave a powerful emotional trail that allow us to access these memories and feelings later in life.


1 of March

A Wise Man Once Said..

by Ariana McGuire

“Education is not the learning of the facts, but the training of the mind to think.”

Albert Einstein

23 of February

The Stepping Stones of Success

By Rachael Markovic

From the moment we are born, we’re put on a path towards success. From that day on, every decision we make or that is made for us is shaped to mold a better future for ourselves. Some of us have a hard time learning that there’s more to it then just being good at something. We need to be able to realize that it’s about the quality of not just our work but our inner humanity.

The first step in being successful is doing what you love. What you get out of your business, whether it be in the form of personal satisfaction or financial gain, will be the sum of what you put into it. It won’t be considered “work” if your’e enjoying every minute of what makes you truely happy and contempt.

Next, make sure you take what you do seriously because you could make your whole future with this one dream.  You can’t have a successful business if you don’t believe in your own services and goods otherwise how’re you supposed to sell the idea to other people? It’s also easy for new business starters to get distracted or side-tracked or easily unmotivated.

Finally, it is essential that you plan everything. The act of simply being able to plan and manage everything is key to a successful business owner because it allows them to analyze business situations, research and compile data. Having a business plan can also help business owners set goals. This way they can list the steps on what they need to do to achieve them.



20 of February

Quote(s) of the Day: In Honor of Presidents Day

by Ariana McGuire

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

George Washington

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

Thomas Jefferson

17 of February

Planting Roots in Miami

By Rachael Markovic

Just breaking ground, businesses such as Ricky’s South Beach, open just in time for the new year! Homegrown entrepreneurs Keith Menin and Jared Galbut built an adults-only hangout where both locals and tourists can enjoy live music and stand-up comedy acts. With the new Miami-to-Orlando passenger train connecting all of the east coast cities, more businesses will be able to grow and flourish.

Much is riding on Brightline’s debut and fans can’t wait! With hopes to revamp the interstate transportation, the AAF believes the costs may not be cheap but the payoff will be hefty. The price just for developing “intercity passenger service” will be as high as $3 billion, and that’s excluding the $600 million in land easements already obtained. Revenue is projected to reach nearly $400 million by 2021. This is growing at an average clip of 27% annually.

Brightline will connect  downtown Miami, downtown Fort Lauderdale, downtown West Palm Beach and Orlando Internatioal Airport. The MiamiCentral Station will be a multimodal hub, linking Brightline, Tri-Rail, Metrorail and Metromover. All of the stations will feature transit-oriented development such as retail, office, and residential.


15 of February

To Be an Influential Leader

by Ariana McGuire

It takes a handful of the right skills and attributes that come to form an influential leader. Some say things such as honesty, selflessness, strong communication skills, confidence, and assertiveness are pivotal skills and characteristics that make any great leader.

Some of the greatest leaders I have come to know were strong individuals before they were able to lead a group. While it is always important to lead by example, leaders must be conscious enough to constantly live by this. But before you can lead a herd, you must be able to first lead yourself.

A great leader is created through practice, experience, and through failure. Some of the greatest leaders may take time to sharpen their communication skills so that ideas and thoughts can be better executed. Some may take time to have a better understanding of themselves so that they can then have a better understanding of others. I believe this is crucial for any leader. A strong leader must first come to terms with themselves as a human being, to get a better understanding of why other individuals may act a certain way and or do certain things.

The one thing I have noticed about the leaders that I look up too is their ability to be selfless. True leaders are constantly looking out for the best for people. True leaders seem to be eager to pass on their knowledge, hoping to influence and drive the successful leader in others. I believe this falls under the branch of honesty. Once an individual is selfless enough to understand and take interest in passing on the knowledge they have acquired, one of the most valued qualities of a leader is shown just through that understanding and desire.

The creation of a strong leader is an accumulation of unique characteristics which come to shape an individual over time. Some people are natural born leaders while some may gain the most important skills through experience and failure. I believe there is a leader inside of us all, but it takes a great leader to create a great leader.

14 of February

Quote of the Day

By Rachael Markovic

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

9 of February


By Rachael Markovic

Marketing today isn’t just about building sales but its about building relationships that cultivate loyalty between businesses and their customers. Of course marketing will increase sales, but clients and customers are looking for authenticity in their business relations and a smart marketing strategy can be the very difference between solidifying customer relationships or losing them. The way the employees market themselves is very important. Employees have to be able to always represent their business. If a client comes out of knowhere you need to be prepared to represent the company’s values and principles. Most of the time the first step for a business leader is knowing where to start.

With today’s social media and other Internet tools businesses can collect useful data about clients and their needs through simple analystics. In addition to becoming familiar with the wide range of online tools, it helps to have a clear marketing message that includes to precise info about your service or product. Don’t forget to mention how the potential customers can get more information!

Advertising a product or service within the context of the brand’s history allows customers to know where the organization’s values lie. When skillfully done, advertising, story line, images, and language all work together ina marketing campaign to grow current interest and generate new leases.  Once clients get hooked it is easier to get them to take the next step.

You don’t need a huge marketing budget to catch the attention of people who will support your brand. An excellent first step is to deliver a clear and precise message about the company and how it outshines its competition in an easily understood manner. It’s important that you take the time to carefully prepare a comprehensive marketing strategy and skillfully rolling it out to keep the customers engaged in the brand, build recognition, and encourage loyalty.

Ultimately, marketing is about bringing in clients and forming authentic relations built on loyalty between the client and business. The initial goal is to build a brand by cultivating honest relationships and promoting your product or service and creating credibility and trust in the company.

9 of February

Loco with Logos

By Rachael Markovic

A logo is the basic unit of a larger brand identity that includes company fonts, colors and document design guidelines. In layman’s terms, a logo is like a mental shortcut to a product or company. Logos are a critical aspect of business marketing. It is essential to any company’s overall marketing strategy. It is a major graphical presentation of a company. It anchor’s a company’s brand and becomes the company’s single most visible manifestation within the target market. It is to a business what a face is to you.

What can a “face” tell you? It can tell you how someone is feeling. It can tell you where someone is looking, sometimes even if they’re thinking. It reflects someone’s personality through their eyes. In the business aspect, a business’ “face” reflects your values and principles.

A corporate logo is a unique graphical display of a company’s identity. Through different colors and fonts, they provide essential information about a company’s core brand. Logos can also provide an anchor point for all future business marketing materials.

Having a GOOD logo means it is unique and comprehensible to potential customers. The logo needs to be able to convey some info about the company or give some sense of what the company is.

Being the chief visual component of a company’s overall brand identity is huge. The logo will appear hundreds of times on stationery, websites, business cars and advertising. For that reason, a well-designed lol can contribute to business success.

Having a substandard logo can not only destroy a company’s image but it can imply amateurishness and turn off potential customers just by not being visually appealing. Although, having a well-designed logo implies a degree of professionalism and competence that could help steer potential new clients toward selecting your business over a competitors with no or substandard logos.

As consumers get familiar with the brand logo and learn to trust a specific brand, they are more likely to respond positively to successive encounters with a logo and eventually lead to increased sales.

A common mistake most small businesses make are that they often play it fast-and-loose with logos, meaning paying insufficient attention to proper scaling, positioning and surrounding them with competing visual materials.

9 of February

Reaching Success

By Rachael Markovic

Donald Trump was just elected the 45th President of the United States of America. Have you stopped to consider how he got here? Because he quite literally spent his life reaching and grasping at every opportunity that led him to where he is now. Have you ever heard of the concept that every decision we make has it’s consequences or reactions. Good or bad, cause and effect takes place. If you work for it you can accomplish anything.

Another famous figure that’s well-known for his success is Steve Jobs. I recently learned that this billionaire didn’t come from an easy upbringing like the other success stories we hear about. This one in particular starts it’s roots in San Francisco, where Jobs was adopted and attended college in the 1960s. He came what we know as today as an American businessman, inventor, and an industrial genius. He was the CEO of Apple Inc. His success lives long after he did and his imprint on the world will continue to last. He is a prime example of a true American success. I’ve always known him for his Apple products and brilliance but I never learned where it all originated from and truthfully, I found you really don’t understand a person until you learn who they are and what they went through in order to accomplish their dreams.

For some success comes easier due to better financials or richer backgrounds but for others success comes from the very idea that “failure isn’t a possibility.” Either way both type of men made it to the top. It shows that anyone can make it once you find the motivation. Steve Jobs once said, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

6 of February

Do the Simple Things Inspire You?

by Ariana McGuire

On a Thursday around 6, I saw a sunset.

Tones of the sheerest pink slightly fading through a rich scheme of greys and dark blues. This color combination was so visually appealing it inspired my creative thoughts in that moment.

Isn’t it beautiful, how something as simple as a few colors filling the sky can have the ability to influence our thoughts?

I was mesmerized. This mix of colors fit so perfectly together, as if they were destined to meet in the eastern sky.

2 of February


By Rachael Markovic

Quote of the Day:

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

27 of January

An Act of Random Kindness

By Rachael Markovic

Act of Random Kindness

Have you ever walked down the street and accidentally made eye contact with a stranger but instead of looking away they just smiled? You probably even smiled back. How did it make you feel? Some may say it even brightened their day.

The power behind a simple smile is so great that it can change a persons life. It can even be the very thing that decides their fate. It’s a power heard by the deaf and seen by the blind. A power that can influence everyone around because kindness is contagious just as laughs and smiles are uplifting.

It can be as simple as asking someone how they are doing. To show keen interest in someone besides yourself lets people know it’s not all about you. It allows them to see that you are interested in getting to know more about their lives instead of informing them on yours. Keep this in mind the next time you see someone who looks like all they need is a simple hello!

27 of January

The Gears of the City

by Ariana McGuire

Have you ever walked down a crowded city street and took a second to observe the intricate ways in which the city operates?

Like the gears of a machine, the gears of the city are made up slightly different but still have the same goal. The goal here is to work internally to give power to a whole in order for things run smoothly. The gears of the city are made up of the individuals who come together and work synchronously to keep each component of a city continuously running.

Your morning coffee wouldn’t be available to you if it weren’t for the people who contribute to the processes and methods which have the ultimate goal to deliver a finished product. In a booming city, you could only imagine the constant demand for something such as coffee. If it weren’t for these methods and the people involved, how would the demand be fulfilled? The simple answer is that it wouldn’t.

While some of those are ending their evening after a late night enjoying the city, surrounding them are those just beginning their day with an important role to contribute to the ways in which the city operates. If it weren’t for these people, we wouldn’t be traveling through clean and spacious city streets, but cluttered heaps of garbage instead. We wouldn’t be commuting using city transportation, if it weren’t for the individuals who build the tracks that the train relies on in order to function, or the individuals operating the direction in which the train will travel.

These are just a few of the millions of detailed components which make a city, a city. These hundreds of thousands of individuals and these non-stop processes are the reasons why we are able to enjoy our morning cup of coffee from our favorite spot or commute from point A to point B.

The next time you’re strolling through the heart of your favorite city, take a moment to observe the intricate details which keep the city going, it is then that you will become aware and understand what I call, the gears of the city.

26 of January

“Those” Days

By Rachael Markovic

Ever wake up one morning and without any reason everything goes wrong.
The GPS takes you down the wrong route.
You get caught in a bad traffic jam.
Late because you’re still trying to figure out directions on your own and it’s not even noon.
Now this is waking up with what I like to call, “a rough start.”

But that’s all it is or at least can be depending on how you perceive it.
You can look at it as bad karma or don’t let it hold you back.
Pouting and stressing about it isn’t going to make everything better.
It’s only going to make you more frustrated.
Telling yourself that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger can definitely make things easier.  Sometimes it’s just as simple as taking a deep breathe.
At the end of the day all you have left to do is use this experience and learn from it.

25 of January

Feel the Beating Heart Within Your Community

by Ariana McGuire

What is it about community and co-working that gives a greater purpose to the areas we reside in? Is it different personalities and ideas working simultaneously? It may just be the simple idea of joining together that embodies the true heart of community.

Having accessibility to a co-working space in your area provides the opportunity for more people to come together to truly represent community within a community.

Co-working spaces, if done the right way, each have a unique style but share a similar goal. The goal here is for people to share ideas, meet others who share similar interests, and create a space where people can go to work and thrive together.

Whether you want to relax and allow your thoughts to unwind, create something new, or inspire a friend, co-working spaces provide an atmosphere to do so. Some at no cost and some requiring a monthly fee. Learn about your local co-working space today and feel the beating heart within your community!

25 of January

Collaboration and the Brain

by Ariana McGuire

Collaboration is essential in producing great ideas. Multiple minds working together to achieve a common goal can produce amazing results. An idea may only be half as good as its true potential without the opportunity to collaborate.

You may ask, what is it that truly makes collaboration so important?

Here is my take on it.

The brain contains two hemispheres. The left and the right brain. The left brain is logical and critical in analyzing thoughts and solving problems. The right brain is imaginative, intuitive, and works well to visualize ideas. Some individuals are skilled in using both hemispheres of their brain, while others are stronger in the skills and thought processes that come with one or the other. Through collaboration, individuals can use their strongest hemisphere to contribute ideas that make up for what another may lack, therefore producing ideas that are strong in all aspects.

20 of January

Less Robot. More Human.

by Rachael Markovic

Step back. Take a second. Analyze the behaviors of the average working class individual.  Notice how any working individual has a system that works for them in their everyday job. This ‘system’ keeps everything flowing, keeps operations functioning, and keeps the business running. The only thing that seems to malfunction in this ‘system,’ is a lack of interpersonal skills. No one seems to remember how to be human; no one seems to know how to express their culture, ethnicity, and simply, their own originality. At the end of the day people just want to be understood, but how do we understand them without feeling anything? Most of us were conditioned on the systematic sequence of the job but never were taught the hospitality side of it. There is more to it than just stating facts, and reciting the same pitch over and over again. There is heart, compassion, and soul if you are doing what you love. Don’t be afraid to show that you care. Simply asking a person how their day is going can change everything.

20 of January

The Importance of Listening

By Rachael Markovic

Today, I learned that the most important step in learning is listening.

What does this mean?

It simply means if you spend too much time speaking and not listening then how will you absorb what is being said?

Sometimes it really is just as simple as shutting up and listening.

Knowledge is power and the best way to learn is from absorbing the knowledge that surrounds us.

20 of January

Collective Ventures is chosen as a top startup resource in South Florida

By Ariana McGuire

With the hard work and dedication that goes into creating a startup accelerator we here, at Collective Ventures, are truly grateful to be mentioned in Gold Coast, Boca Life, and Ft. Lauderdale Magazine. You can read the article here.

While the Startup Accelerator is a main component of Collective Ventures, we are also a Community Co-working space with a Café and a Creative and Tech Innovation Center that contains 20 individual creative and tech services.

In our co-working space here at Collective Ventures we encourage those to co-work at no cost, as that is the true heart of community.

To follow our journey, check us out on Instagram or Facebook

For questions and inquiries, email us at info@collectiveventures.org

19 of January

Come in and use our conference rooms!

By Brian Jacob

Our conference rooms are now available for hourly, half day, and full day rentals. They range from $25-$85 per hour and half day(4hrs) rates receive 20% off, and full day (8hrs) rates receive 30% off.

#conference #conferenceroom #startup #startups #startuplife #future #pr #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas #love & #follow #collectiveventures

11 of January

Thanks for visiting Keith

By Brian Jacob

The Vice Mayor of Hallandale, Keith London stopped by to check out our progress. He has been a friend and supportive fan of what we’re trying to do to help the Startup Scene in Broward County.

#startup #startups #startuplife #future #pr #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas #love & #follow #collectiveventures

7 of January

So many amazing startup pitches

By Brian Jacob

We’ve had over 55 amazing startups pitch us and come enjoy our space because of the awareness created by this article. Thanks again @lyssargold & @alyssamorlacci for taking the time to meet with us and hear our story.

#startup #startups #startuplife #future #pr #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas #love & #follow #collectiveventures

29 of December

Let’s Welcome Rachael

By Brian Jacob

Meet Rachael, our newest rockstar & space ambassador. She has a great modeling career, but shared with us her desire to the work on the other side of the camera… the production, the creative, and the marketing.

She also shared with us her passion to one day be a veterinarian, and run a dog and horse rescue. We continue our strong pursuit to find folks with character, humility, integrity and passion. Those that would put others first before themselves. Come in and say hi!
#teammember #spaceambassador #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas #love & #follow #collectiveventures

28 of December

Holiday Party

By Brian Jacob

“If you want to go quickly, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb

At our holiday party we had an opportunity to say thank you to all our members, our families, and our team. Without you all, we wouldn’t go far!

#holidayparty #thankyou #members #family #team #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas #love & #follow #collectiveventures

20 of December

New Art on the Walls

By Brian Jacob

Some beautiful artwork has made it’s way to our walls. A cafe inspired remix of some beautiful and favorite art pieces including the Son of Man by René, Mucha advertisement, and Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes.

#ReneMagritte #bowlerhat #thesonofman #mucha #Johannes Vermeer #girlwithapearlearring #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas #love & #follow #collectiveventures

13 of December

Let’s Welcome Marty Elberg

By Brian Jacob

Practicing Law since 2007, Marty Elberg decided to move to South Florida and began a new firm in 2012. Marty understands the importance of a proper business structure and the effect it can have on the owners. He prides himself on his ability to truly listen to his clients while translating their vision into operating agreements that meet their desires and expectations. He appreciates the unique composition of each business and knows firsthand that thoughtful, creative customized planning can maximize both financial security and harmony therein.

Community involvement has always been a top priority for Marty. In April of 2015 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Voices for Children of Broward County. Marty is also involved with Americas Planned Giving. Marty’s firm Circle of Life Legal Services was selected as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award Winner.

Marty will be very involved in helping you achieve your business goals. Whether it’s helping getting a business started, operating agreements created, or partnerships restructured, Marty will be there every step of the way. Come in and say hi!

#law #businesslaw #attorney #lawyer #circleorlifelegalservices #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas #love & #follow #collectiveventures

5 of December

Let’s welcome Ariana

By Brian Jacob

Say hi to Ariana. Our new Hostess & Concierge. Yeah… she wears multiple hats, but she’ll be that amazing person that guides you through our space and fills you in on everything we do.
#hostess #concierge #officemanager #collaborate #prfirm #photography #seo #adwords #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas #love & #follow #collectiveventures

22 of November

Commercial Shoot at the Collective

By Brian Jacob

Meanwhile at Collective Ventures, film crew conducting a commercial spot for a client. These projects involve a lot of people. 8 folks onsite to make this happen. Clients often forget what it takes to make something look amazing. The mastermind behind these amazing media marketing campaigns is our Ely Mondshein of Compass Partners. Here she is with Jen Herrera who was the on air talent.

5 of November

A Sneak Peak at our Cafe

By Brian Jacob

Our cafe. Rendering of course, but you can see how beautiful it will be when done. About 400 sq ft to house all your coffee, food, and wine/beer needs. As well as help you focus on those startups you’ll be getting off the ground.
#startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas #love & #follow #collectiveventures

2 of November

Let’s Welcome A2 Events

By Brian Jacob

Meet Erin, owner of A2 Events, the newest venture to join the Collective. As a premier Corporate Event Planner and Destination Management Services Provider, Erin has been putting on amazing events/shows for some of the most well known companies down here in South Florida and around the nation. Come on in and say hi! If you need help planning your next major event, let her help you make it a success.
#events #eventplanning #eventplanner #executiveevents #corporateevents #destinationmanagement #Hotels #restaurants #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas #love & #follow #collectiveventures

3 of October

Let’s Welcome Allie Pr

By Brian Jacob

Meet Alina, owner of Allie PR, the coolest new team to join the Collective. Allie PR has been proving expert PR for amazing brands for the last 7 years. They have strong experience with hotels, restaurants, aviation, wine and spirits, and luxury overall. Come on in and say hi!
#pr #publicrelations #Hotels #restaurants #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas #love & #follow #collectiveventures

3 of October

Investing in 1 Way Haulers

By Brian Jacob

Introducing 1 Way Haulers. The 3rd company we have invested in since officially starting our startup accelerator. 97 more to go to hit our pledge of 100 startups in 3 years.
1 Way Haulers will come pick up your bulk garbage anytime you need it done. Give us a call. 888-608-8396

#1wayhaulers #100startups #investment #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas #love & #follow #collectiveventures

28 of September

Let’s Welcome TRC Pictures

By Brian Jacob

Join us in welcoming Austen & Gabe. They run TRC Pictures, a Photography and 3D rendering shop. They’ve done amazing work for Fortune 500 companies & many small to medium sized firms as well. You’ll find their work in many local magazines. Come on in and say Hi!
#trcpictures #photography #3drendering #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas #love & #follow #collectiveventures

9 of September

Let’s Welcome Compass Partners

By Brian Jacob

Meet Ely & Alex of Compass Partners. They are our Marketing, TV Media & Digital Agency. They focus on the convergence of traditional TV media with web & social to maximize conversion. Ely has been with NBC for 26 years as an executive producer before stepping out to do her own thing. And boy has she done well for herself. With clients such as Amerisource Bergen, Baptist Health, Carnival and many others, you know she’ll make “amazing” happen for you! Don’t be shy… come in and say hi!

#compasspartners #collectiveventures #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas

3 of September

The Pitch Deck

By Brian Jacob

We’ve already invested in 3 companies in less than 1 month of officially announcing our accelerator program. A cool voting mobile application, a bulk disposal tech play, and an amazing all natural hair pomade & clay, which will be in Sephora & Neiman Marcus soon.

If you, or anyone you know wants to get their business off the ground, follow some simple instructions:

-Follow our page
-Create a pitch deck with the items in the photo contained in that deck.
-Email it to info@collectiveventures.org

If you are selected, we will reach out to you for an in person pitch.

1 of September

Collective Motivation with Mark Cuban

By Brian Jacob

It’s all about the sweat equity for today’s #collectivemotivation by Mark Cuban. If you’re not willing to sacrifice something, someone else will. They’ll beat you to launch or to acquisition. Know your business or industry better than anyone else.
#markcuban #collectiveventures #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife
#startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas

1 of September

Let’s welcome Justin Gross

By Brian Jacob

Join us in welcoming Justin, owner of Hop 2 The Top LLC, a premier Google Adwords Firm. His team has handled $500 to $100,000 monthly budgets and can help you with landing page audits to ensure you convert those clicks. He’s here to help you grow your business.
#Google #adwords #campaign #hop2thetop #collectiveventures #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife
#startupaccelerator #creative #creativespace #coworking #cafe

30 of August

Let’s Welcome Morris Laloshi

By Brian Jacob

Join us in welcoming Morris to the Collective Ventures Family. Morris runs The SEO Guys, and will be the SEO company of our group. Not only is he and his team talented, they give you a money back guarantee on top 10 organic placement in Google Search results.
#SEO #seoagency #theseoguys #google #googlesearch #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife
#startupaccelerator #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas

28 of August

Collective Motivation with Bill Gates

By Brian Jacob

For today’s #CollectiveMotivation we feature Bill Gates. Great advice Bill. The most amazing products or companies are founded after months or years of failure. Those entrepreneurs don’t give up, they learn from their mistakes and apply them to their new projects or ventures.
#billgates #microsoft #collectiveventures #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife
#startupaccelerator #coworking #cafe #waverly #ftlauderdale #lasolas

28 of August

Introducing Gents and Lords

By Brian Jacob

Allow us to introduce Diego Ramirez, founder of @gentsandlords, a new venture we have invested in, and welcomed to the Collective Ventures startups. He has an amazing product, and we will help shape his growth. Look for his products at retailers and local salons soon.
#startupcollective #collectiveventures #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife
#startupaccelerator #coworking #cafe #investments #investing #startupinvesting

28 of August

Cafe Collective

By Brian Jacob

Cafe Collective is the Coffee house in our space. Enjoy Coffees from around the world, expertly chosen, and provided by a local roaster. You’ll learn, enjoy and taste the freshest coffee that way. Here is the new logo for Cafe Collective.
#logo #cafecollective #collectiveventures #startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife
#startupaccelerator #coworking #cafe

27 of August

Types of Seats

By Brian Jacob

Each member gets a high end electronic stand up desk with 4 position memory, Beautiful Eames style office chair, Guest chair, and filing cabinet.
#collectiveventures #startup #startups #startupaccelerator #coworking #cafe #eames #eameschair #electric #standupdesk

25 of August

The Space and it’s Layout

By Brian Jacob

The office layouts. R1 to R8. Just a few offices left. If you are interested and are a tech or creative company in Ft Lauderdale, please reach out.
#collectiveventures #startup #startups #startupaccelerator #coworking #cafe #ftlauderdale #officespace

24 of August

What is Collective Ventures

By Brian Jacob

We often get asked, “What is Collective Ventures?” We are an Innovation center w/ 16 unique Creative & Technology companies, a Startup Accelerator & Investment Firm, a Coworking Cafe, and a Community Project housed in a 7000 sq ft space on Broward and Federal. We want to help build your business! By combining all 4 elements, we believe we have created a great space and energy to collaborate and make amazing happen! Some of the best businesses have started out being sketches on a cafe napkin.

How does it all work?

Located in the Waverly Building on Federal(US 1) & Broward Blvd, in the heart of Downtown Ft. Lauderdale, FL, our Creative & Tech Innovation Center is the home of 16 Unique companies specifically chosen to help you. They are: Creative Agency, Web & Mobile Developer, Startup Advisor, Startup Accelerator (5 Million to invest), Accountant, Lawyer, SEO Firm, Adwords/PPC Firm, PR Firm, Photographer, Videographer/Media Agency, Content Writer, Lead Generation Firm, Email Marketer, Social Media Firm, and Staffing Agency. The companies chosen will lean on and collaborate with each other. They’ll also provide 15-min talks daily in the coffee house.

We are also a 70 seats inside and 40 seats outside that will act like a free co-working space, with an added Cafe. High speed internet, long tables, power, secondary screens, printer, and 7 amazing conference rooms for you to rent so your clients feel like they get the best service. We know many amazing businesses start from home. Well, think of us as home without the distractions… but with all tools needed to be successful. The cafe is open to the public as a general cafe, or a working space. Use it however you wish.

And Last but not least, we are a Startup Accelerator. If you have an idea, but lack the knowledge, experience, courage, or financing to execute your dream, we will step in. Think of us as your very own talented, connected, and financially secure Co-Founder.

#collectiveventures #startup #startups #startupaccelerator #coworking #cafe #signage

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